Sony Lays Down The Law On PlayStation 3 Hacking

With the PlayStation 3 cracked wide open and alleged console hackers being taken to court, Sony Computer Entertainment of America issues a statement today warning users that the use of "unauthorised circumvention devices" will be met with swift, meaningless justice.

As the private cryptography key that allows hackers to run unauthorised and pirated software on the PlayStation 3 circulates around the internet, SCEA felt the need to make sure end-users were aware that utilising such information is definitely a no bueno.

Today the company issued the following statement, warning of the penalties associated with hacking the PlayStation 3.

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 licence 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.

Tough words, but I very much doubt PlayStation 3 hackers are all that concerned with PlayStation Network access or streaming movies to their consoles. They want to run homebrew, and they want to run pirated games, neither of which are particularly PlayStation Network-centric.

Note that Sony says this is its "initial response" to the situation, so harsher, more effective penalties could be in the pipeline.

Until that happens, hackers' boots will likely remain un-quaked in.

Official Statement Regarding PS3 Circumvention Devices and Pirated Software [PlayStation Blog]


Comments

    Oh boy here we go. Has the Geohotz suit started yet btw?

    So, yes, running homebrew and backup copies of our original games are quite legal.

    Personally I've barely used PSN. Since 2008 I only used it for MGO (briefly), MGS4 DLC, Megaman 9 demo and SSF2 Turbo Remix HD. I'm sure SONY are eventually going to move to a paid subscription model anyway, so it's a bit of a meh for me.

      They have gone to a paid PSN subscription..

      PSN +

        Perhaps I should have used the word "force".

      That isn't exactly true. If you need to circumvent a technological protection measure (TPM) in order to run the home brew or backup, then you are breaking the law.

      It may have been legal at the time of the PS3 mod chip court case, but we picked up DMCA-style laws when we signed the Free Trade Agreement with the US. The law doesn't makes the act of circumventing the TPM illegal, irrespective of your reasons for circumventing it.

    This isnt going to bother anyone except for kiddies who are curious, like you said people who hack their console will be most likely only be using the hardware and not giving a rats about the PSN

    Whatever Sony - I understand the piracy concerns, but, I also do not understand what right Sony has in removing functionality from a device that you have already paid for and own? If the otherOS function was available at purchase it should be available for the life of the device.
    If I buy a Car with an MP3 stereo - does the car manufacturer have the right to remove it as I may pirate music? I highly doubt it...
    If I buy a product with a feature they should not be allowed to update the product and remove it - that is a violation that Sony should not be allowed to do.

      You paid for, and own the hardware. However, you only have the rights to use the software (The OS). Sony do have the right to update the software as they see fit as it is their own IP.

      "If I buy a Car with an MP3 stereo – does the car manufacturer have the right to remove it as I may pirate music? I highly doubt it…"
      That is quite a different analogy, as Sony do have a vested interest in the Games that sell. (IE - first party games that Sony have backed financially. I don't think any MP3 stereo manufacturers financially invest in the production of music)

      "If I buy a product with a feature they should not be allowed to update the product and remove it – that is a violation that Sony should not be allowed to do."
      A violation? lol.
      It is their own IP. They have as much right to make changes to their property as you do when you remove a "feature" from your car.
      Note - you don't OWN the OS. You own the hardware, etc. But not the software in itself. But going from what you're saying, it would be a violation for Sony to add anything to the 'product', which I don't see you complaining about.

    Hey Sony remember that time the PS3 got hacked and you started crying and throwing your money around to everyone so you could sue some people and everyone laughed at you, wasn't that funny.

      Haha, thumbs up.

    Still no official word about the firmware 3.56 issue. Poor form Sony.

    Sony can FOAD.

    Under Australian law, circumvention devices are illegal provided they do not facilitate the use of pirated software. Therefore, it needs to be determined whether the above-mentioned circumvention device could potentially be used to facilitate piracy. If so, it is indeed illegal and a violation of the EULA. Otherwise, it is a recognised grey area under Australian law, and Sony could potentially be brought up before the ACCC in the event any such penalties are imposed

    I experimented with a USB dongle back on FW 3.41 and ended up removing the homebrew and going back to OFW when I realised that MKV and NTFS support were much lest important to hackers than emulators and no-disc game play. Anyways, in my inbox today there was a C&D email from Sony.

    So basically there is something still lurking on my system, that I have no access to under OFW 3.56 that will apparently get me banned. I called Sony support and the guy on the phone new nothing about these emails and I am currently waiting on a callback from a supervisor.

    I am not after sympathy and I intend to try to resolve this with Sony, but... good job putting this into place with NO briefing of your front line staff Sony!

      Perhaps they knew you were using the device when you were testing stuff with it, and waited until after this legal business passed to send you the email.

      You did wrong either way man, regardless of whether you pirated any games or not. Don't get me wrong, I really don't have much against piracy, but using those dongles and installing CFW is definitely against Sony's ToS. You accepted that thing, way back when you signed up for your PSN account.

      Honestly, if your PSN/PS3 gets banned, it's your fault. Rules are rules.

        Probably another point is I have since agreed to an updated ToS that turned up automatically without any firmware update. I have not hacked the system since agreeing to the updated conditions so I would technically not be violating my CURRENT agreement with Sony.

        Like I said, waiting on a callback to discuss with them how to remove whatever is left there, and if I get banned, well I guess my only choice will be to jump on the first reliable 3.56 CFW that comes out.

    "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."

    Sweet - where do I sign up? Seriously, the first two sentences sound like an advert for the things.

    "swift, meaningless justice."

    the major cause to piracy is the actual cost of new titles these days!

    in Australia new titles are from $100-$120AUD! i mean cmon i can buy a new ps3 slim console for the price of 3 new games?

      Another good reason to have a worldwide currency...

    What frigging mistake it was for Sony to try to sue these guys.

    The PSN outage is probably a driect result of this court action... Although from what Ive read Anon has denied involvment in this lastest outage.

    so about the piracy? Are ps3 user's going to get banned for having movies or songs on the system? Or will it be removed with an update?

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