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State of Texas v. Sony BMG Music Entertainment, LLC (Nov. 21, 2005, District Ct. of Travis Cty., Tex.) (complaint).
Trial Court Proceedings Edit
On November 21, 2005, the State of Texas sued Sony BMG for surreptitiously installing spyware on millions of music compact discs (CDs) that consumers unknowingly loaded onto their computers when they play the CDs. The software hid itself on users’ computers using “rootkit” techniques common to spyware; opened security vulnerabilities on users’ computers; did not ask for user consent prior to installation; and “rooted” itself so deeply into a computer’s operating system that it could not readily be uninstalled.