So today I got a

February 23, 2004

So today I got a letter in the mail. Not just any letter, this one said, in clear bold sans-serif type, “IMPORTANT: SETTLEMENT MATERIALS ENCLOSED,” and came with a check for $13.86. All I had to do was enter my name into some website a few months ago. Full text of the letter is as follows:

February, 2004

Dear New York Music Purchaser:

As Attorney General for the State of New York, I am pleased to enclose payment for your claim in the settlement of the Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust Litigation. This lawsuit was brought by the Attorneys General of 43 states and three territories and by counsel for Private Class Plaintiffs on behalf of purchasers of music CDs. In accordance with the terms of the court-approved settlement, payment is being made to music purchasers who filed a valid and timely claim.

Whether you filed your claim online at the settlement web site,, or by mail, the attached payment represents full payment of your portion of the Settlement. Please note that the attached payment instrument must be cashed by May 20, 2004.

It is a pleasure to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion and to return value to consumers who purchased CDs while the challenged pricing policies were in effect.

Eliot Spitzer
Attorney General of New York

I got free money in the mail, and all I had to do was be gouged by the RIAA! Time to get back to the important task of listening to music that’s not affiliated with the RIAA.

Song of the Moment: «The Lover» — Love In Reverse

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