Electronic Frontier Foundation seeking plaintifs to sue Sony

This post was written by marc on November 17, 2005
Posted Under: Law

EFF is collecting stories from San Francisco EFF members and
supporters who have purchased Sony-BMG CDs that contained
the XCP “rootkit” copy protection software or the SunComm
MediaMax copy protection software.

CDs with the XCP rootkit copy protection technology include:

A Static Lullaby (Faso Latido) CK92772
Acceptance (Phantoms) CK89016
Amerie (Touch) CK90763
Art Blakey (Drum Suit) CK93637
The Bad Plus (Suspicious Activity?) CK94740
Bette Midler (Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook) CK95107,CK74815
Billy Holiday (The Great American Songbook) CK94294,
Bob Brookmeyer (Bob Brookmeyer & Friends) CK94292,
Buddy Jewell (Times Like These) CK92873
Burt Bacharach (At This Time) CK97734
Celine Dion (On Ne Change Pas) E2K97736
Chayanne (Cautivo) LAK96819 LAK96818,LAK95886
Chris Botti (To Love Again) CK94823
The Coral (The Invisible Invasion) CK94747
Cyndi Lauper (The Body Acoustic) EK94569
The Dead 60’s (The Dead 60’s) EK94453
Deniece Williams (This Is Niecy) CK93814
Dextor Gordon (Manhattan Symphonie) CK93581
Dion (The Essential Dion) CK92670
Earl Scruggs (I Saw The Light With Some Help From My Friends) CK92793
Elkland (Golden) CK92036
Emma Roberts (Unfabulous And More: Emma Roberts) CK93950, CK97684
Flatt & Scruggs (Foggy Mountain Jamboree) CK92801
Frank Sinatra (The Great American Songbook) CK94291
G3 (Live In Tokyo) E2K97685
George Jones (My Very Special Guests) E2K92562
Gerry Mulligan (Jeru) CK65498
Horace Silver (Silver’s Blue) CK93856
Jane Monheit (The Season) EK97721
Jon Randall (Walking Among The Living) EK92083
Life Of Agony (Broken Valley) EK93515
Louis Armstrong (The Great American Songbook) CK94295
Mary Mary (Mary Mary) CK94812 CK92948
Montgomery Gentry (Something To Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005) CK75324 CK94982
Natasha Bedingfield (Unwritten) EK93988
Neil Diamond (12 Songs) CK94776 CK97811
Nivea (Complicated
Our Lady Peace (Healthy In Paranoid Times) CK94777
Patty Loveless (Dreamin’ My Dreams) EK94481
Pete Seeger (The Essential Pete Seeger) CK92835
Ray Charles (Friendship) CK94564
Rosanne Cash (Interiors ) CK93655
Rosanne Cash (King’s Record Shop) CK86994
Rosanne Cash (Seven Year Ache) CK86997
Shel Silverstein (The Best Of Shel Silverstein) CK94722
Shelly Fairchild (Ride) CK90355
Susie Suh (Susie Suh) EK92443
Switchfoot (Nothing Is Sound) CK96534, CK96437, CK94581
Teena Marie (Robbery) EK93817
Trey Anastacio (Shine) CK96428
Van Zant (Get Right With The Man) CK93500
Vivian Green (Vivian) CK90761

CDs with the SunComm MediaMax technology include:
My Morning Jacket, Z
Santana, All That I Am
Sarah McLachlan, Bloom Remix Album
Amici Forever, Defined
Foo Fighters, In Your Honor
David Gray, Life in Slow Motion
Alicia Keys, Unplugged

We’re considering whether the effect on the public, or on
EFF members, is sufficiently serious to merit a lawsuit.

If you satisfy the following criteria, we would like to hear
from you:

1. You have a Windows computer;

2. Either First 4 Internet’s “xcp” or SunComm’s MediaMax
copy protection has been installed on your computer from a
Sony CD and has not yet been removed (Note that computer
security professionals are warning that Sony’s uninstall
package creates even more security risks
http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=926);

3. You reside in San Francisco;

4. You are willing to participate in litigation.

We have not made any final decisions about filing any legal
action, but we would like to hear from music fans who have
been harmed by Sony BMG’s copy protection technology.

Please contact SonyDRM@eff.org, or reply to this mail.

You can also meet to discuss your experiences with EFF staff
personally at next week’s CopyNight – a regular local event
for those interested in IP issues. CopyNight is at 7pm,
Tuesday 22nd November, at the 21st Amendment Restaurant and
Brewery: see for details.

Thank you for your time,

Electronic Frontier Foundation

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