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Sony BMG Music Entertainment

The Federal Trade Commission charged the music giant Sony BMG Music Entertainment with violating federal laws after it sold CDs without telling consumers that they contained software limiting the devices on which the music could be played, restricted the copies that could be made, and contained technology that monitored their listening habits. The lawsuit also claimed that the software also exposed consumers to security risks and was difficult to uninstall. Sony BMG will allow consumers to exchange CDs containing the concealed software purchased before December 31, 2006 for new CDs that are not content-protected, and will be required to reimburse consumers up to $150 to repair damage that resulted directly from consumers' attempts to remove the software installed without their consent. (Jan-30-07) [LOS ANGELES TIMES: SONY BMG PRIVACY]

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Published on Feb-7-07


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