On the heels of settlements with the states of California and Texas, Sony BMG Music Entertainment has agreed to pay $4.25 million to 39 other states to resolve investigations into computer problems caused by music CDs loaded with hidden antipiracy software.
The record company agreed to reimburse consumers whose computers were damaged while trying to uninstall the antipiracy software.
The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly took the lead in brokering the multistate agreement. Thirteen states that started the settlement process with Sony BMG will receive $316,538 apiece, while the rest will get $5,000, Reilly’s office told the Associated Press.
As in the initial settlements, Sony BMG agreed not to distribute any compact discs loaded with copy-protection software that hinders computer users from easily locating it or removing it from their PCs.
Customers will be able to file a claim with Sony BMG to receive refunds of up to $175.
Sony BMG did not use any of the software to collect personal data about the consumers without their consent.
In addition to Massachusetts, the states involved in the settlement are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.