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curtis simpkins

LOS ANGELES (AP) Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers.
The program surreptitiously monitored users' behavior, and the method Sony BMG originally recommended for removing the software also damaged computers.


The settlements, announced Tuesday, cover lawsuits over CDs loaded with one of two types of copy-protection software known as MediaMax or XCP.

Under the terms of the separate settlements, each state will receive $750,000 in civil penalties and costs.

In addition, Sony BMG agreed to reimburse consumers whose computers were damaged while trying to uninstall the XCP software. Customers in both states can file a claim with Sony BMG to receive $25 to $175 in refunds.

The company had previously settled a class-action case over the episode.

"Companies that want to load their CDs with software that limits the ability to copy music should fully inform consumers about it, not hide it, and make sure it doesn't inflict security vulnerabilities on computers," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a statement.
I agree with the last statement....why hide it????
curtis simpkins
Same here Gordon.
this is why at times people unable to play there cds in there pc because of this crap.

I think this what happend to my old pc because of that-(but i don't know that)

oh thanks Gordon to put it here i didnt know where to put this at.
i thought it was sony/bmg deal i thought that like to know about it. biggrin.gif
Thanks for posting it curtis.

Yes I put it here because i thought this is not strictly Elvis.

and btw that's my job to sort things lol.
curtis simpkins
That's ok Gordon. cool2.gif
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