Sony BMG Creates Website For Anti-Piracy Fix
January 4, 2007 at 5:55 AM (PT)
SONY BMG has created a website as part of a multi-million-dollar settlement (NET NEWS 12/20) over so-called rootkit software installed on users’ computers by music CDs.
The website allows users to view CDs that contained XCP and MediaMax software. The software was placed on some SONY BMG music CDs. When users put those CDs into their computers, the software would automatically install itself.
The software, according to security software company SYMANTEC, installs a rootkit as well, which hides the software from view, even from some security software. SONY BMG and its partner companies have released software to uninstall and block the XCP and MediaMax software. That software, along with a list of affected CDs and instructions on how to file a claim for damages, is on the settlement website.
As part of the settlement, affected customers will be able to download what the company calls "clean" MP3 files of the music on the affected CDs, as well as a few other things, depending on the CD. They can also get reimbursed for any repair costs.
Claims are due by JUNE 30. The settlement site can be found here.