FTC finally settles with Sony BMG over rootkit

Sony BMG started with a class-action lawsuit, continued with a settlement with state attorneys general and ended with the federal government. I use the term "ended" very loosely. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement with Sony: a set of conditions that will change the way Sony BMG markets CDs in the future. The company is now required to clearly label DRM-protected discs and is prohibited from installing any software without notifying and gaining consent from the user (there's a shocker!''. Sony BMG is also required to provide exchanges for existing DRM-enabled CDs until June 31, 2007, and pay up to $150 to anyone who spent money trying to remove the rootkit or repair any damage from it.

"Consumers' computers belong to them and companies must adequately disclose unexpected limitations on the customary use of their products so consumers can make informed decisions regarding whether to purchase and install that content," said FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras.

News source: Ars Technica

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and i bet it only covers america too. what about us brits

I have a faithless album here which came with a rootkit, after putting it in to play i then couldnt rip any of my legally owned music onto my computer so i could then move to my ipod.

at the time the sony/rootkit story hadnt really been big news that anyone had heard about and ended up having to reload xp from scratch to get rid of it.

THANKS SONY!