The Critical 'I'

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Monday, January 20, 2003

Think hard now: Did you, at some point, buy a music CD/cassette/vinyl record at a retail store at any point between January 1, 1995 and December 22, 2000? You did, you say? Then you qualify to file a claim in the big Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust Litigation suit (scroll down to the "Missing out on the CD settlement" headline). You may get a check in the mail sometime in the next year for up to 20 bucks! (Yeah, not a ton, but hey, it's still money!)

Basically, it's a class action lawsuit against the music industry over suspected price-fixing--the reason why a CD routinely costs $20 and more these days. So, if you've ever felt ripped off after buying some crappy album just to get at the 1 or 2 songs on it you actually liked--and who hasn't?--and you purchased that crappy album during that time--again, who hasn't?--then go right ahead and complete the form (I've linked directly to the webform, rather than to the general site cited in the Times article; I tried to get it to go through 3 times the conventional way, and it kept erroring out, so I finally just did it through this, and it zapped through no problem).

Rough time for record companies, isn't it? First, they're getting hammered by file-swapping on the Web. Now, to add insult to that injury, they'll have to actually pay out money to their once-loyal consumers! Not that 20 bucks a head is going to break them or anything...