Sony Rootkit Settlement Reached, Approved

Somehow this escaped our attention, but on May 23, the judge approved the settlement on the Sony rootkit debacle, you remember, the one where they installed crippling programs on your computer to prevent you from copying their precious cds?

If you bought any of the affected albums on this list, you can get three free albums or one free album plus $7.50. Sony will also distribute a patch to remove the malware from consumer’s computers.

Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohn told The Register, “This settlement gets music fans what they thought they were buying in the first place: music that will play on all their electronic devices without installing sneaky software.”

Yay. It’s over. We can all go back to safely buying crappy Sony music.