Sony BMG hit reaches $5.75 mil

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Sony BMG's payout in the wake of an agreement to settle a legal flap over software-embedded CDs has more than tripled to $5.75 million.

The company Thursday agreed to an additional $4.25 million in payments to settle with 39 states and the District of Columbia, resolving legal complaints prompted by music CDs containing hidden anti-copying software.

Sony BMG also agreed to reimburse consumers whose computers were damaged while trying to uninstall the so-called digital rights management software, authorities said.

Customers will be able to file a claim with Sony BMG to receive refunds of up to $175, and the company agreed not to distribute in the future any compact discs embedded with such software.

Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly helped broker the multistate agreement, which follows an announcement in which Sony BMG agreed to $1.5 million in payouts in California and Texas (HR 12/20).

The settlements cover CDs embedded with either of two types of copy-protection software, MediaMax or XCP.

The settlements close out the states' probes into the matter. The company previously had settled a class-action case over the episode.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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