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November 21, 2005
Texas AG vs Sony Spyware
Texas' Attorney General has filed suit against Sony for violations of that state's anti-spyware laws, as well as consumer protection charges. The suit is civil in nature, rather than criminal, asking for up to USD 100,000 per violation.
I've been writing for some time about the way in which the Cartel has gone about controlling the language used in the Copyright Wars - and why I use terms like "cartel" in response. This suit has the potential to seroiusly shift the language-scape. If the consumer zeitgeist begins to see "DRM" and "spyware" as synonymous terms, there could be trouble that far exceeds the tar pit Sony seems to be sinking into.
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