Questions Raised Over Sony’s Proposed Canadian CD Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

Advocates for the digital rights of consumers have raised question over a proposed class action settlement involving CDs released by Sony BMG between Sony BMG and Canadian customers who bought CDs that included a hidden copy-protection program.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a U.S. digital rights advocacy group, says the proposed settlement does not include provisions included in the U.S. class action settlement, including the requirement to disclose any future use of digital rights management and to provide a program that uninstalls such a system.

The proposed settlement for Canadians - $7.50 plus tax for each customer - is also about 10 per cent lower than the American settlement.

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