Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today concluded a year-long investigation and legal action against Sony BMG Music Entertainment by obtaining an agreed final judgment that provides restitution to consumers and brings sweeping reforms that will protect consumers nationwide.
Texas was the first state in the nation to take legal action against the music giant after determining that Sony BMG released millions of compact discs containing harmful software that was not disclosed to consumers. Today's precedent-setting action prohibits Sony BMG from selling CDs containing XCP, MediaMax or any other content-protection software that hides or cloaks its software files. Sony BMG must also destroy any existing CDs embedded with XCP or MediaMax technology, continue working to withdraw those CDs from the marketplace, and submit to independent, third-party monitoring of any software-enhanced music CDs for the next five years.
"Texans deserve to be protected from harmful, hidden files that threaten their privacy or the integrity of their computer systems," said Attorney General Abbott. "Our first-in-the-nation action against Sony BMG shows that consumer privacy will be vigorously protected. Today's settlement removes harmful products from the marketplace, compensates consumers for any harm they have suffered, and sets best practices that we hope will lead to reforms across the industry."