Sony has stepped up it’s stance on anyone circumventing protection of any kind on the PlayStation 3 and released a statement today. Most recently Sony had barred George Hotz (Geohot) from releasing any more information about the console what soever. 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.
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.
Sony says that circumvention on their devices and game piracy causes damage to their industry and can injure the online experience. If Sony does find you or someone circumventing their security on their consoles you could face legal action and a PlayStation Network ban.
Now this action will not affect any of the “Normal” users out there who legally purchase their games to play online it is only aimed at illegal activity which is deemed so by Sony.
Now, I do not agree with Sony here 100% if you purchase the console yourself and wish to modify it to your liking you should be free to do so. However I do understand that a modified console should not be taken online on the PlayStation Network or release proprietary information online without consequence. We will have to see how many lawsuits come of this new stance Sony has taken. [PlayStation Blog]