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Sony sued over copy-protected CDs that can infects Microsoft Windows

November 10th, 2005 by Patrick S

Am i obsesed with this topic or what! Anyhoo Sony is finally getting whats coming to them!

Sony BMG is facing three lawsuits over its controversial anti-piracy software.

One class-action lawsuit has already been filed in California and another is expected in New York. Digital rights group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), is also gathering information from users to see if a case can be brought. But since Dr Russinovich wrote about his discovery the row has snowballed and now has led to lawsuits being filed against Sony BMG.

One filed in Los Angeles by Californian attorney Alan Himmelfarb wants to stop Sony BMG selling more CDs protected by anti-copying software and seeks damages for Californians that have bought any albums protected this way. According to a report in the Washington Post the lawsuit alleges that Sony BMG has broken three Californian laws. At the same time New York lawyer Scott Kamber is planning a class-action lawsuit for all Americans affected.

The EFF is also gathering stories from buyers of Sony BMG CDs protected with XCP. In a statement the organisation said: “We’re considering whether the effect on the public, or on EFF members, is sufficiently serious to merit a lawsuit”. At the same time the Italian digital rights group, Electronic Frontiers Italy, has asked the nation’s government to investigate Sony over its use of anti-piracy software. A weblog documenting the unfolding controversy and calling for a boycott of Sony products has also been created.

When contacted a representative for Sony BMG in the UK referred all calls to its corporate headquarters in New York. A call to a spokesman in that office has yet to be returned.

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