Texas files new spyware claim against Sony BMG
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Wednesday that he added a claim regarding hidden “spyware” to the lawsuit he filed in November 2005 against Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The original charges claimed Sony BMG secretly installed copy-protection software when the CDs are played on computers; the new charges are aimed at software by MediaMax included on the Sony BMG CD, which Abbot says violates state laws on deceptive trade practices. The software, which tracks customers’ listening habits, downloads even if users rejected a license agreement. Sony BMG denied the MediaMax software was hidden and said it does not collect the personal information that spyware typically does.