Sony BMG Sues Antipiracy Software Developer
July 12, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is suing a company that developed antipiracy software for CDs, claiming the technology was defective and cost the record company millions of dollars to settle consumer complaints and government investigations.
SONY BMG filed a summons in a NEW YORK state court against THE AMERGENCE GROUP INC., formerly SUNNCOMM INTERNATIONAL, which developed the MEDIAMAX CD copy-protection technology. SONY BMG is seeking to recover some $12 million in damages from the PHOENIX-based technology company, according to court papers filed JULY 3.
The music company accuses AMERGENCE of negligence, unfair business practices and breaching the terms of its license agreement by delivering software that "did not perform as warranted."
In a statement, THE AMERGENCE GROUP vowed to fight what it described as unwarranted allegations by SONY BMG. The company also suggested that lawsuits against SONY BMG over CD copy-protection primarily stemmed from SONY's use of another technology.