November 15, 2005 | By Rebecca Jeschke

Sony-BMG Spyware: SunnComm Stories

EFF has been collecting stories from EFF members and supporters who have purchased Sony-BMG CDs that contained the "rootkit" copy protection software. Thanks to all who have responded, and keep the stories coming!

EFF is also collecting stories from EFF members and supporters who have purchased Sony-BMG CDs that contained SunnComm's MediaMax copy protection software. The MediaMax software is somewhat different, but similarly has no true uninstall option and establishes an undisclosed ongoing communication from the users' computer to SunnComm. CDs with this technology include:

Amici Forever, Defined
David Gray, Life in Slow Motion
Foo Fighters, In Your Honor
My Morning Jacket, Z
Santana, All That I Am
Sarah McLachlan, Bloom Remix Album

We're considering whether the effect on the public, or on EFF members, is sufficiently serious to merit a lawsuit.

If you satisfy the following criteria, we would like to hear from you:

1. you have a Windows computer;
2. SunnComm's MediaMax copy protection has been installed on your computer from a Sony CD (for more details see;
3. you reside in either California or New York;
4. you are willing to participate in litigation.

We have not made any final decisions about filing any legal action, but we would like to hear from music fans who have been harmed by Sony BMG's SunnComm MediaMax copy protection technology. Please email

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