Sony makes official statement about pirates

…and we don’t just mean whether or not they’re cooler than ninjas. No, hardware giant Sony have put pen to paper on the topic of PS3 piracy.

PlayStation 3

Off-limits to hackers?

The “Official Statement Regarding PS3 Circumvention Devices and Pirated Software” is – as you might expect – not terribly fond of “hackers”, “pirates” and other people who use unauthorised software, and it spells things out pretty clearly.

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.

tl;dr? Essentially – if you get caught with custom firmware, you’ll be banned from the PlayStation Network. Forever. (If you don’t want to be banned, then it’s a simple matter of removing the unauthorised files, unplugging any dongles or USB devices you’re using to get around copy-protection or the like, and continuing on your way.)

The statement originally appeared on the [surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/02/16/official-statement-regarding-ps3-circumvention-devices-and-pirated-software/]PlayStation Blog[/surl], where they had apparently been asked – a lot – about how they intended to deal with “these incidents” gamers had been reading about. This is the company’s “initial response”, implying there may be more to come.

It actually sounds like a pretty fair deal. Nothing knee-jerk, nothing over-the-top, and nothing that affects anybody not doing anything wrong (in theory, at least). The blog explains that Sony is “protecting [their] business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve”, while reassuring fans that the statement will only affect a small percentage of PS3 gamers. Don’t do anything wrong, and you won’t get in trouble. Simple.


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