Sony Sues Rootkit Developer Over Faulty Music CDs
July 12, 2007 5:00 PM
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Users sued Sony; Sony sues its partner
Early last year the Electronics Frontier Foundation went very public with Sony BMG and its case regarding music CDs sold with a copy protection called MediaMax. Developed by a company called The Amergence Group Inc., customers complained that
Sony's music discs caused a number of discs to be unreadable
on their computers. The biggest complaint was that customers were unable to extract tracks for playback in other devices.
Because of all the lawsuits and complaints, Sony was forced to settle litigations with $5.75 million USD. This week,
Sony BMG filed a lawsuit against Amergence
alleging MediaMax did not perform as expected.
Using rootkit technology, MediaMax installed low level software on a user's computer system without permission from the user. Rootkits often cause problems and many users complained Sony's discs using MediaMax even forced them to have to reformat their systems.
Sony BMG seeks roughly $12 million USD in damages from Amergence. Representatives from Amergence disagreed with Sony's lawsuit and said Sony's claims were unwarranted. Amergence also noted that discs exhibiting problems used different types of technologies Amergence did not supply.
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US Leagal system
7/13/2007 8:56:01 AM
Can sombody please explain to me how a few music cd's alows a company to be sued fo $5.2m !!!! I am I missing something
RE: US Leagal system
7/13/2007 1:01:19 PM
Well let's see. They infected countless computers, installed software on computers without any user consent or knowledge. Then spied their customers who had bought their CD etc not to mention make their customers suffer the problems caused by their rootkits. $5.2m is pretty much justified imho.
Here's the story:
RE: US Leagal system
7/13/2007 5:23:49 PM
A better question is why there were no criminal charges laid against Sony for this!
What Sony did was 100% illegal and criminal. They fully violated US laws regarding computer hacking. Had this being done by an individual they would be in jail right now.
So, getting away with ONLY $5.2M in lawsuits is a pretty good deal for Sony if you ask me.
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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