Monday, January 02, 2006

Sony to settle Rootkit class action

Sony BMG Entertainment and Electronic Frontier Foundation have reached a tentative agreement in a class action lawsuit over copy protection technology. A federal court hearing in New York City will be held on January 6, 2006, regarding the proposed settlement.

Reportedly, consumers who purchased a CD with the rootkit will receive a clean replacement CD, $7.50 and a free album download or no money and three free downloads. Users of MediaMax software will receive a free download.

A list of the CDs with the rootkit is linked here.

A list of the CDs with MediMax software is linked here.

Electronic Frontier Foundation is linked here.

News articles about the proposed settlement are linked here (Yahoo!) and here (BBC News) and here (Financial Times.)

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