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Woman sues record company over Charley Pride CD and wins!

California resident Karen DeLise sued Music City Records, Fahrenheit Entertainment and digital rights management company Sunncomm in Marin County Superior Court in September, alleging that actions they took to exert control over the album "Charley Pride: A Tribute to Jim Reeves" illegally violated consumer expectations. The album was the first known copy-protected CD released in the United States.

According to attorneys for Karen DeLise, the makers of the recording by country-pop singer Charley Pride have agreed to stop tracking most listener habits, warn consumers that the CD is not compatible with MP3 and other players, agree to stop tracking personally identifiable information of listeners. to purge their files of such information, and to warn consumers that the CD doesn't work in DVD players, MP3 players or CD-ROM players.

"I am very satisfied with the settlement we obtained for the benefit of the General Public," DeLise said in a statement announcing the settlement. "I applaud Music City and Sunncomm in deciding to resolve this case and to give consumers better notice so consumers can make an informed decision as to whether they want to purchase such functionally impaired CDs."

News source: CNet News

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