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All about egregiously anti-customer behavior by everyone's favorite BigCo.



Published: Wed, 03 Jan 2007 12:58:50 +0000

 



The only surprise is that it wasn’t Number 1

Wed, 03 Jan 2007 12:58:49 +0000

PC World: The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. The article covers 50 tech products that were so egregiously bad that they made the Hall of Shame for all time. Our favorite—Sony BMG music CDs—hit at number 5 on the list, behind AOL, the 1999 version of RealPlayer, Syncronys SoftRAM, and Windows ME. PC [...]



Another shoe: Sony BMG and the 39-State Settlement

Fri, 22 Dec 2006 05:20:41 +0000

Well, when it rains it pours: Sony BMG just agreed to a settlement that covers 39 of the other states that sued over its hijinks with XCP and MediaMax—this hot on the heels of Sony’s settlement of the California and Texas suits earlier this week. Some notes on the breakout of the payments is mentioned [...]



The “long tail” of Sony BMG lawsuits: settlements

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 03:31:16 +0000

Yahoo! News (AP): Sony BMG settles suit over CDs. The earlier news reports didn’t make clear that the suits in question were those brought by California and Texas; hat tip to BoingBoing for posting the pointer. The settlements cover both XCP and MediaMax claims. (Previous coverage on this blog for the California suit and Texas suits.) You [...]



Son of Boycott Sony?

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 01:00:43 +0000

I’ve received an email urging me to comment on the recent claims by import company Lik-Sang that Sony has put them out of business. On the face of it, Sony’s actions—they got a UK court to bar Lik-Sang and other importers from selling the Japanese version of the PSP—seem anticonsumer and anticompetitive. So why aren’t [...]



Farewell, for now

Tue, 24 Jan 2006 00:34:24 +0000

It has been a good two months for customers and a bad few months for Sony BMG. No small part of the latter was due to the actions of readers of this blog and other online news sources that drew attention to Sony BMG’s actions. Now, MediaMax and XCP are off the market, and the action [...]



Boycott Sony at SxSW, with your help

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 19:54:42 +0000

Hi folks–an unusual request here. I put my name in the hat over at TechCrunch for a free pass to the South by Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSWi) in March and was selected as one of the finalists, largely on the strength of this blog. Michael Arrington, the author of TechCrunch, is going to give [...]



Pledge: only buy DRM Free CDs

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 14:06:39 +0000

When BoingBoing talks, apparently people listen. The Boycott DRM pledge at PledgeBank, which asks signers to boycott all CDs containing digital rights management, blew through its signatory goals after BoingBoing linked it yesterday. According to their signup rate graph, they got 1700 or so signatures yesterday. I think that this is the next logical step from [...]



Legal roundup: Canadian lawsuit drops; SonySuit.com blogger sues Sony

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 14:50:38 +0000

As one set of class action suits winds down in the US, another set opens up in Canada. Boing Boing pointed last night to class action suits filed against Sony in Ontario and British Columbia, following a class action that I missed that was filed in November in Quebec. Scanning the briefs, it looks as though [...]



Legal roundup: Canadian lawsuit drops; SonySuit.com blogger sues Sony

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 19:28:18 +0000

As one set of class action suits winds down in the US, another set opens up in Canada. Boing Boing pointed last night to class action suits filed against Sony in Ontario and British Columbia, following a class action that I missed that was filed in November in Quebec. Scanning the briefs, it looks as though [...]



And Florida

Wed, 04 Jan 2006 14:31:15 +0000

Another investigation launched on the heels of Sony BMG’s settlement with the EFF and the New York class action suit: Charlie Crist, Florida’s attorney general, announces the opening of an investigation into the surreptitious installation of Sony BMG’s DRM software. The investigation number is L05-3-1157; no lawsuit … yet. Via Boing Boing.