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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking 312

tekgoblin writes "Sony has stepped up its stance on anyone circumventing protection of any kind on the PlayStation 3 and released a statement addressing it. Most recently Sony had barred George Hotz (Geohot) from releasing any more information about the console whatsoever. Now, Sony has their eyes set on other users that may be trying to use pirated software or modded PlayStation consoles on their network. The statement reads: '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.'"
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

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  • by unity100 ( 970058 ) on Thursday February 17, 2011 @07:47AM (#35230460) Homepage Journal
    doubling up one's attitude regarding ANYthing, does not make that thing right, or wrong. something that is wrong, stays wrong, something that was right, stays still right.

    In the cases where that thing was wrong, all that 'doubling up' accomplishes is to show the stubbornness and bastardry of the one doubling up the stance.

    basically its doing wrong, and then insisting on being indignant.
  • OK, I've had enough (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Rik Sweeney ( 471717 ) on Thursday February 17, 2011 @08:27AM (#35230662) Homepage

    Everytime an article about hacking on the PS3 turns up on Slashdot, we get a bunch of idiots writing "Fuck you, Sony".

    For the report, I don't have a problem with homebrew or hacking. I run Rockbox on my iRiver.

    I do however have a problem with piracy and online cheating.

    If you're hacking the console just so you can play the latest games without paying for them or so you can cheat online in Sony's PSN, then you deserve to have your console banned.

  • by jedidiah ( 1196 ) on Thursday February 17, 2011 @09:18AM (#35230948) Homepage

    ...except they sold their product with this specific use as an advertised feature.

    This means that hacking the device after that feature has been removed is much more legitimate than any other sort of jailbreaking, including jailbreaking a phone.

  • by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Thursday February 17, 2011 @09:49AM (#35231174)

    Sony could do much better working WITH the community on things like OtherOS. Instead, they've gone down the paranoid conspiracy-theorist route and look what it's gotten them - now the "pirate" scene and the homebrew scene (not always 100% separated anyways) are working on similar projects to open up the box for non-Sony code.

    I doubt Sony gives a flying fuck if someone produces their own firmware to run XBMC for example. What they care about is people using modded firmware to play pirate software, cheat in multiplayer games, hack save games, hack trophies, scare off premium developers and generally screw around with something designed as a closed system.

  • by gmarsh ( 839707 ) on Thursday February 17, 2011 @10:15AM (#35231414)

    I'm 100% in favor of detecting and banning hacked consoles from PSN. It's Sony's network and they have the fundamental right anyway, and secondly, if it keeps cheaters/hacks/aimbots/etc off the PSN, I'm 110% in favor of that.

    And I'll just buy another PS3. It will remain unmodified, and I'll use that for playing games online. And my current PS3 will remain as my "hacker's delight" that runs homebrew. If Sony detects that it's modified and bans it from the PSN, that's fine.

    As for everyone else, if they want a PS3 to hack I'm sure it won't take long before Sony starts detecting modified PS3s and banning them from PSN, and $100 PS3s start appearing on Kijiji/Craigslist next to the Xbox360's that are banned from XBL.

    That being said, I wish Sony was more accepting of the hacker community, perhaps even facilitating it somewhat. I actually thing it'd be awesome if Sony added a feature to the PS3 where you could 100% unlock the console hardware, banning the console from PSN in the process. It'd be a lot better, and probably even cheaper for them in the long run, than continuing their current bullshit of legally shafting people like Geohot. Hey, if people want to figure out how to program your game system, you should be helping them!

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