Preliminary Settlement For One Sony BMG Suit Over XCP CDs
December 29, 2005 at 2:10 PM (PT)
According to a report on SUNBELT SOFTWARE'S BLOG a preliminary settlement in one of the lawsuits, filed by GIRARD GIBS AND KAMBER AND ASSOCIATES, against SONY BMG, FIRST 4 INTERNET and SUNNCOMM INTERNATIONAL last month in regard to the XCP CDs has been reached.
Under the terms of the settlement, SONY BMG agree to:
Stop manufacturing SONY BMG CDs with XCP software (“XCP CDs”) and SONY BMG CDs with MediaMax software ("MEDIAMAX CDs")
Immediately recall all XCP CDs
Provide software to update and uninstall XCP and MEDIAMAX content protection software from consumers’ computers;
Ensure that ongoing fixes to all SONY BMG content protection software are readily available to consumers;
Implement consumer-oriented changes in operating practices with respect to all CDs with content protection software that SONY BMG manufactures in the next two years;
Waive specified provisions currently contained in XCP and MediaMax software End-User Licensing Agreements (“EULAs”);
Refrain from collecting personal information about users of XCP CDs or MEDIAMAX CDs without their affirmative consent; and
Provide additional settlement benefits to Settlement Class Members including cash payments, “clean” replacement CDs without content protection software, and free music downloads.
Read the entire settlement by clicking here.