In my earlier post on the Sony DRM controversy, I left it to others “to determine whether the use of a resource-hogging, difficult-to-remove rootkit like this one is illegal or merely distasteful.”
Today, several lawsuits were filed by parties who think the Sony DRM software is illegal as well as distasteful.
EFF filed a class action suit. The press release is here, and the complaint is here. EFF is co-counsel with well-known class action firms Green Welling and Lerach Coughlin. The EFF complaint, filed in California state court in Los Angeles, alleges unfair and deceptive trade practices (Cal. Civ. Code section 1770), unfair competition through violation of, among others, the Consumer Protection Against Computer Spyware Act and the Online Privacy Protection Act, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and false or misleading statements.
The Texas Attorney General filed suit under the Texas anti-spyware laws. The press release is here (including impressively slick print-quality photos and broadcast-quality video), and the complaint is here.
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