Monday, November 28, 2005

State of Texas Sues SONY

The Texas Attorney General has sued SONY BMG for infringement of the state's Consumer Protection Against Computer Spyware Act of 2005. (If someone can find the text of this Act, please let me know.) From the press release:
According to SONY’s Web site, the company recently distributed millions of CDs across the nation on 52 CDs by various artists. These CDs contained embedded files used for copy protection – or XCP technology. The files prompt consumers to enter into a user agreement to install SONY’s audio player. By opting into the agreement, which Sony represents is the only way a consumer can listen to these CDs on a computer, the consumer is unaware that SONY secretly installs files into the computer’s Microsoft Windows folders. Consumers are unable to detect and remove these files.
SONY states that the files only prevent unlimited copying. The Attorney General states that the files are hidden and active at all times. This makes them difficult to remove and to determine what the files are actually doing. From SONY BMG's FAQ: They have instituted a mail-in program for anyone who has purchased a CD with XCP technology. They will replace the XCP CD with the same CD without copy protection. They have also provided the major software and anti-virus companies with a software update and have provided access from their web site. A list of specific CDs affected is also included. [from beSpacific]

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