Sony Settles Rootkit CD Case

Aron Schatz
December 22, 2006
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Sony must pay each individual $175 for damages when a customer purchased that CD. If this is not a great example of why DRM is a failure, I don't know what is.


The settlement agreement was announced Thursday by the state of Massachusetts, the lead plaintiff in the case. In addition to the $4.25 million, Sony BMG will also pay up to $175 apiece to consumers whose computers were damaged by the software. "We're pleased to reach these agreements," Sony BMG said in a statement. The announcement comes just after the music label announced similar deals with Texas and California. With the settlements, Sony BMG, jointly operated by Sony and Bertelsmann Music Group, has taken a major step in resolving a controversy that caused a public uproar last year.

What is really troubling is the fact that Sony still believes they have done nothing wrong. I'm sure they think that if you listen to a piece of their music that you paid for, you must relinquish all rights to your computer so they may spy and track you. It is amazing that these people also made the first video tape recorder.


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