San Francisco (January 3, 2005)–The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced a settlement with Sony BMG over the flawed digital rights management software on dozens of the company’s CD titles. The EFF, along with two leading national class action law firms, filed a lawsuit against Sony BMG in late November, demanding that the company repair the damage done by the First4Internet XCP and SunnComm MediaMax software it included on over 24 million music CDs.
“The proposed settlement will provide significant benefits for consumers who bought the flawed CDs,” said EFF legal director Cindy Cohn. “Under the terms, those consumers will get what they thought they were buying–music that will play on their computers without restriction or security risk. EFF is continuing discussions with Sony BMG, however, and believes that there is more they can do to protect music lovers in the future.”
“Sony agreed to stop production of these flawed and ineffective DRM technologies,” noted EFF staff attorney Kurt Opsahl. “We hope that other record labels will learn from Sony’s hard experience and focus more on the carrot of quality music and less on the stick of copy protection.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined in this preliminary settlement agreement with Sony BMG this week to settle several class action lawsuits filed due to Sony’s use of flawed and overreaching computer program in millions of music CDs sold to the public. The proposed terms of settlement have been presented to the court for preliminary approval and will likely be considered in a hearing set for January 6, 2005 in federal court in New York City.
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