Sony Settles XCF Class Actions?

Sony BMG tentatively settles CD software suits [pdf]

Sony BMG Music Entertainment has reached a tentative settlement with consumers who filed a class action lawsuit over the music company’s copy-protection software on CDs, court papers show.

[…] Under the proposed settlement, which still must be approved by a federal judge in New York, consumers would be allowed to exchange the CDs for new ones without the copy-protection technology.

Sony BMG would also have to provide software to uninstall the technology and stop making CDs with XCP on them, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.

The settlement would entitle people who bought the CDs with the copy protection to a cash payment of $7.50 and one album download from a list of more than 200 titles. Alternatively, they could download three albums from the list.

So, free downloads are a part of the settlement? Hmmmm.