Copyright infringement is increasingly a topical issue particularly as the technology exists to eat away at big corporate firms' profits.
Sony in attempting to deal with piracy and illegal copying have turned to a controversial spyware copy-protection software. Placing the CDs, from 50 artists including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion leads to users having to download hidden files into the computer which acts as spyware.
As the Telegraph wrote earlier this week "Sony touted the CDs as the latest war to prevent piracy and illegal copying, but the situation has turned into a consumer relations disaster."
The company has now been forced to recall nearly 5m compact discs, a class action lawsuit has been filed against in Sony in California and the State of Texas has joined the fray as well filing a lawsuit as well. Texas is seeking penalties of around $100,000 per violation.