Move comes one day after CIPPIC complaints.

The Ontario Superior Court in Toronto approved a settlement deal yesterday (Sept. 21) that has Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Canada) offering $8.40 (US $7.51), a replacement CD and free downloads of selected CDs to hundreds of thousands of Canadian customers who bought CDs with XCP or MediaMax anti-piracy software.

Sony BMG has also promised not to use the offending DRM software and any future anti-piracy programs would be vetted for potential privacy infractions.

Details on eligibility and benefits are available at www.sonybmg.ca. Those seeking compensation must fill out a form at the site or download the form and mail it to a Sony BMG administrator. The settlement applies to affected customers in Canada, except those in Quebec and British Columbia.

The approved settlement came the same day that the Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) filed complaints against Sony BMG with various federal and provincial government regulatory agencies over the proposed settlement for the Canadian DRM class action litigation.

The CIPPIC contends that "several important consumer protections" that were included in the U.S. settlement earlier this year, have been "deliberately and explicitly excluded from the Canadian settlement agreement."


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