The lawsuits over Sony`s use of software intended to prevent illegal copying of its compact discs have been settled.
Plaintiffs claimed that the software used by Sony left their computers vulnerable to viruses and other attacks.
The company offered free music downloads and agreed to stop making CDs with the offending XCP or MediaMax software.
Sony produced 4.7 million CDs containing the software, of which nearly 3 million were sold. It will pay an undisclosed amount for the recall of affected discs and will also bear the cost of compensating members of the class-action suits.