Sony BMG Ends a Legal Nightmare

The label has quickly settled the class action over its "secret" copy-protection software. That's good for all parties -- including the future of digital music

As peace treaties go, it might be one of history's swiftest negotiations. On Dec. 28, Sony BMG settled a consolidated class-action lawsuit filed by consumers just six weeks earlier over particularly aggressive copy protections embedded in millions of the record label's CDs.

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