November 21, 2005

TX Goes After Sony BMG [5:37 pm]

Texas sues Sony BMG over alleged spyware

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a civil lawsuit on Monday against Sony BMG Music Entertainment for allegedly including spyware on its media player designed to thwart music copying.

According to the lawsuit filed in Travis County, several of the company’s music compact discs require customers to download Sony’s media players if they want to listen to the CDs on a computer.

Findlaw has the complaint

Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas, through his Consumer Protection and Public Health Division, in the name of the State of Texas, brings this action under the authority granted to him by section 48.102 of the Consumer Protection Against Computer Spyware Act (”CPACSA”), Tex. Bus & Com. Code. § 48.001 et seq. (Vernon Supp. 2005)

State of Texas press release: Attorney General Abbott Brings First Enforcement Action In Nation Against Sony Bmg For Spyware Violations

For all the backdrop, see BoingBoing’s timeline/links - part 1, part 2

Later: Sony BMG Sued Over CD’s With Anti-Piracy Software

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