Who's 'lower' SONY or those who copy/steal copywritten materials?
I am a songwriter with DOUBLE PLATINUM, PLATINUM, and GOLD ALBUMS/SONGs to my credit. I also work at a MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR. I/we get hit from every financial angle possible and continually loose money due to piracy, downloading etc.
Right now SONY is making ammends.
Here is an UPDATE from SONY - 03/15/2006.....
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CLASS ACTION
SETTLEMENT WEBSITE GOES LIVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2006
Effective immediately, www.sonybmgcdtechsettlement.com
is active to fulfill
claims in the class action settlement concerning certain music CDs sold by SONY BMG
Music Entertainment. In announcing the rapid deployment of the settlement website,
representatives of SONY BMG and the law firms of Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP
and Kamber & Associates, LLC declared that they “were pleased to work together to
provide class members a website through which they can receive the full benefits of the
class action settlement quickly and efficiently.”
This web-based claims process was established by order of the Honorable
Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of
New York in In re SONY BMG CD Technologies Litigation, Case No. 1:05-09676-NRB.
On January 6, Judge Buchwald preliminarily approved the settlement of the class action
lawsuits brought against SONY BMG over music CDs that contained “XCP” and
“MediaMax” content protection software.
United States residents who purchased, received, came into possession of or
otherwise used one or more MediaMax CDs and/or XCP CDs since August 1, 2003, are
eligible for settlement benefits, including the following:
SONY BMG has, since November 2005, enabled persons with any of the 49
SONY BMG CD titles with “XCP” software to exchange their XCP CDs for a version of
the same CD without any content protection software, and to receive free MP3
downloads of the music on the CD. Under the settlement, people who exchange their
CDs, or who already have done so, also will now receive either $7.50 plus one free
album download from a list of specified albums from the Connect, FYE, iTunes or Wal-
Mart download services; or three free album downloads from that list.
Persons with any of the 53 SONY BMG CD titles with “MediaMax” Version 3.0 or
Version 5.0 software, who submit proof of purchase of those CDs, are entitled under the
settlement to receive free MP3 downloads of the music on the CDs. Purchasers of CDs
with MediaMax Version 5.0 also may receive any one of the free album downloads from
the download services listed above.
The settlement provides for other benefits, as well, including free utilities to
uninstall or update the MediaMax and XCP software to remove all known security
vulnerabilities. Details about the class action settlement and all of the settlement
benefits are available at www.sonybmgcdtechsettlement.com
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Daniel C. Girard
Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo
Scott A. Kamber
Kamber & Associates, LLC