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Sony reacts to piracy issue

Submitted by on Wednesday, 16 February 201114 Comments

In response to the recent string of pirated and circumvented PS3s, Sony has released an official statement condemning the dishonest actions of a select few of its users.

Beware evildoers.

Last December a group known as ‘failOverflow’ discovered that they could essentially circumvent the privacy measures put in place on the PS3. The payoff of this being that unauthorized or pirated software could then be played via the PS3.

It has become painfully apparent that this problem could not be fixed by a firmware update and could only be corrected with the manufacturing of new hardware.

As you can imagine this is a prime problem for Sony, which has high hopes (as we all do) for the PS3 in 2011. Gamers familiar with the situation have been waiting to see what Sony’s move against those that already have or intend to play pirated software on the PS3 would be.

Here is their official response:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

What do you think about Sony’s stance on the matter? Have they gone too far or not far enough?