Texas Attorney General Sues Sony BMG

The attorney general of Texas has sued the record company Sony BMG for not telling its customers about hidden anti-piracy software in its CDs. The copy-protection software, known as XCP, may inadvertently expose a user’s computer to security risks and violates Texas’ recent anti-spyware legislation. Country titles with XCP include the latest releases from Montgomery Gentry, Van Zant, Patty Loveless, Buddy Jewell, Jon Randall and Shelly Fairchild, as well as recent reissues from Rosanne Cash, George Jones and Earl Scruggs. Sony has pulled the affected CDs from shelves and is offering customers exchanges for CDs without XCP.