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PS3 Jailbreak Now Legal In Spain 113

Posted by Soulskill
from the setting-a-precedent dept.
deek writes "Spanish gamer site have reported that it's now legal to sell the PS3 Jailbreak modchip in Spain (Google translation of Spanish original). According to the article, one reason for the legal ruling is because Sony removed the ability to run GNU/Linux on the console. One can only wonder if Sony will soon rush out a firmware update that will re-enable the OtherOS feature, and appeal the court decision. Oh the irony of that thought. The legal ruling was made on the 13th December (Google translation). There are only 5 days to appeal, starting from that date."
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PS3 Jailbreak Now Legal In Spain

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  • Its a shame (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ickleberry (864871) <> on Thursday December 16, 2010 @10:47AM (#34573332) Homepage
    That it was ever illegal in the first place. That the supposedly democratically elected government would ever support the notion of a company retaining control of and restricting a device that they don't own anymore.
  • Other possibility (Score:2, Insightful)

    by betterunixthanunix (980855) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @10:47AM (#34573334)
    Sony will only reenable the feature for people in Spain, and then try to sue anyone who buys Spanish PS3s for use in other countries.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 16, 2010 @11:13AM (#34573682)
    Does the Jailbreak even bring back the linux OtherOS option yet though?

    Isn't it kind of interesting how this whole thing was supposedly about re-enabling the OtherOS feature. And yet the hackers still haven't managed that, but they have managed to get pirated games running. Meanwhile, we still have people here saying that it's all about getting OtherOS back. Funny how that works...
  • by Opportunist (166417) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @11:39AM (#34574078)

    Interesting. I was about to ask the same, why does software reside in a realm of its own? When I usually buy something, I get to use it, modify it to fit my needs (funny enough, the copyright of my country explicitly grants me this right, to "modify software to enable interoperability") and most of all, I also get the right to resell it when I do not need it anymore or consider the money more interesting than the right to use the item.

    It's oddly different with software, ya know...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 16, 2010 @03:15PM (#34577744)

    Save games that will only run on the console they were created on is likely to mitigate the issue that occurred on the original XBox. That is, a specially corrupted save file would cause a buffer overflow and bypass the protection measures of the console. If you can't pass around a pre-corrupted save, then exploits like this can't spread (as easily).

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