Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Texas adds to Sony Lawsuit

The Attorney General for Texas added specific complaints to the state's existing lawsuit against music giant Sony BMG, alleging that the company installed copy-protection software on consumers' PCs even when the users did not agree to the software's license.

"We keep discovering additional methods Sony used to deceive Texas consumers who thought they were simply buying music," Greg Abbott, the Attorney General for the State of Texas, said in a statement. "Thousands of Texans are now potential victims of this deceptive game Sony played with consumers for its own purposes."

Texas became the first state to file a lawsuit against Sony BMG in November, following revelations that the media company had installed surreptitious software programs on the Windows computers of consumer's who tried to listen to the company's music titles. The Attorney General for the State of New York is investigating the company's practices and several private lawsuits have been filed against the company.

The latest additions to the Texas lawsuit allege that Sony BMG's copy protection software--made by either First4Internet or SunnComm--have flaws that undermine the security of any PC on which they are installed. Moreover, the lawsuit claims that even consumers who do not agree to the Sony BMG license could still find the copy protections installed on their system. The new allegations are violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practice Act, according to the Attorney General's office.

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