Dutch Court Orders PS3 Seizures — Including Those In Homes

Several thousand more PlayStation 3s were seized by Dutch customs officials on the eve of Sony's courtoom showdown with Korea-based LG, whose allegations of patent infringement have effectively halted the distribution of consoles across Europe the past 10 days.

LG, which claims the PS3's Blu-ray playback technology violates patents it holds, got a Netherlands court to order the seizure of consoles - including those already in homes, reports The Guardian. Tomorrow, at an emergency hearing in The Hague, Sony will fight to have LG's blockade lifted. LG will likely ask that the consoles be destroyed, underscoring what is already a very tense dispute between the electronics rivals.

In North America, the United States' international trade commission has accepted LG's demand that it investigate the matter. LG had sought a similar court order barring PS3s from being imported into the U.S. If Sony is found to have infringed LG's patents, the compensation it would owe is easily in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

A Sony spokesperson acknowledged the consoles' seizure in the Netherlands, noted it was a temporary withholding under a preliminary injunction, and said Sony considers LG's allegations "unwarranted." The Guardian said Sony imports some 100,000 PS3s into Europe each week.

PS3s seized in Sony-LG patent dispute [The Guardian. Image by Getty Images.]


Comments

    They can pry mine from my cold, dead HDMI port.

    They're going to bust into your house at night like the Gestapo and burn your PS3?

    Seconded. No way in hell am I giving my PS3 up to LG. They're just jealous of Sony's success

    "including those already in homes"

    Fascists. Thank God we have the constitution to protect us from garbage like this here in the States.

      Ray this is false, and even with our constitution the corporations can still do the same here since they are considered individuals...

      Ray this is false, and even with our constitution corporations can still do the same here since they are considered individuals…

        Yea, not false...your anti-corporate bias is so tranparent. But whatever, haters are going to hate.

      "Fascists. Thank God we have the constitution to protect us from garbage like this here in the States."

      Um, it was the Dutch Police doing it. And the police in the USA can take what they bloody well want from your house if they have a warrant...

        No they can't. There no way they could get a warrant to invade however many millions of US PS3 owners home. You obviously do not understand how our laws and warrants work.

          "There no way they could get a warrant to invade however many millions of US PS3 owners home."

          As opposed to the homes that have been invaded over things like music piracy? I think you have too much faith in your justice system... did you know that the department of homeland security can and do seize all electronic goods an American brings across the border, despite there being no law giving them that right? Congress didn't even know about it until after it started...

          http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/04/police-seize-jason-chens-computers/

          Yeah, good thing you're covered.

      In Australia we have no constitutional rights like in the USA. We have the Westminster legal system which upholds the law as the Government, through Acts, has made...

    No idea how they'd manage to get the ones in people's homes (would it be possible to trace PSN memberships, IP addresses through IPs and so on?).

    That's going a little too far. Holding the ones in port and blocking it from sale is one thing. Going after ones in people's homes is... well, it just seems absurd.

    Do we have anyone from the Netherlands on here? It'd be interesting to see comments from those directly affected.

      I'm screwed, I have made three warranty claims in 6 weeks (after replacing my original 120gb Slim with two dodgy reconditioned ones, they just sent me a brand new 160gb...yay).

      So I am on their records. Good thing I have steel cap boots for all the nut shots I might have to dish out.

    Eurgh, i honestly hope Sony will win this one. Well, they should! But if not, i'd hate to think of what'll happen. Bleh.

    more fails from Sony...oh dear...if they don't win this, oh dear

    Mr DKnight1000, is that a PS3 next to your TV?

    No Officer, it's a George Forman Grill.

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