Sony facing lawsuit

By Derek Sooman on November 22, 2005, 1:06 PM
The fallout from Sony’s Extended Copy Protection disasters keep on pouring out; yes, the Attorney General for the state of Texas has indeed filed a lawsuit against Sony BMG for their usage of the Extended Copy Protection (XCP) software, which they claim violates Texas Consumer Protection Against Computer Spyware (CPACS) Act. This act includes provisions that punish those who hide software from a computer's owner.

"Sony has engaged in a technological version of cloak and dagger deceit against consumers by hiding secret files on their computers," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement. "Consumers who purchased a Sony CD thought they were buying music. Instead, they received spyware that can damage a computer, subject it to viruses and expose the consumer to possible identity crime."
Sony BMG was not available for comment following on from these revelations.

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drsherlock said:
I have serviced many computers for my clients. I have experienced my spywares in the Sony computers which I had to remove to assure my client's privacy. My clients were not were not happy with the unexpected spywares from Sony and were very glad that I removed them. FYI, I have experienced this in other computer manufacturers and bundled software. The customers must be told this and be allowed to permit or deny this spyware. I would like to sue them all for evasion of privacy without knowledge. The higher end computers such as business workstations do not have this problem. Is there a simple spyware check for new computers?
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