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The EFF wants you to come forward to see if you are eligible to receive free music and/or cash

If you were one of the many consumers that purchased a Sony BMG CD that had XCP or MediaMax copy protection on it, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants you to come forward to see what type of compensation you will receive.  If you think you may be a victim of one of the company's rootkit CDs, the EFF also has a site that explains how to submit a claim, view a list of affected CDs and a description of benefits. 

It's time for music fans who bought Sony BMG CDs loaded with harmful XCP or MediaMax copy protection to claim their settlement benefits: clean versions of the music, plus (in many cases) additional downloads and cash. Submitting a claim not only gets fans music that will play on their computers without restriction or security risk, it lets Sony BMG know that consumers care about this issue.

At the minimum, a replacement CD or access to free downloads of the content on the CD are available to qualified parties.



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the shift-key trick still works, doesn't it?
By johnsonx on 3/13/2006 1:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
I've taken to holding down the Shift key whenever I insert a commercial CD or DVD into my computer, just in case. 'They' haven't found away around that one have they?




By AstroCreep on 3/13/2006 2:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
For the newer ones (like XPC) I think that all the shift does is disable the autorun. I say this because I had the DRMed Life of Agony CD (with XPC content) and even with holding Shift when I loaded it, I wasn't able to view the CDs contents through Windows Explorer, however it didn't install any of the DRM stuff; I ran the scan and it came back 'clean'.


By Egglick on 3/13/2006 3:31:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeap, I do the same thing. If the CD doesn't Autorun, it can't install anything.

That still doesn't make any of this cool though. It's clear, though past and present practices that Sony doesn't give a damn about their customers. I hope they die a horrible death.


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