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Sony Threatens No PSN Unless You Waive Lawsuit

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In yet another stunning action by Sony, an e-mail sent to all PSN subscribers today announced a new Terms of Service change that will be implemented on September 15th, 2011. The point of this because you must agree to the new TOS in order to continue using the Playstation Network, but in doing so will completely absolve Sony of any new class action lawsuit you may choose to file against them.

The absurdity is that not only must every man, woman and child who have an account accept the new TOS (yes, even children with their parents’ permission), so even if Sony were to bend you over sometime in the future, you are forced to take action into your own hands individually, which as most people know, a single person suing a large company like Sony will not end favorably unless you have a really compelling case.

The legalese of the new TOS is followed by this lovely message:

“NOTE: THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A BINDING INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER PROVISION IN SECTION 15 THAT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT AND WITH RESPECT TO ANY “DISPUTE” (AS DEFINED BELOW) BETWEEN YOU AND SNEI, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC., SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC, THEIR AFFILIATES, PARENTS OR SUBSIDIARIES (ALL ENTITIES COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO BELOW AS “SONY ENTITIES”). YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER PROVISIONS AS FURTHER DESCRIBED IN SECTION 15.”

A brief summary of what ‘Section 15’ really is: if you, at any time, have a problem with Sony, you will now be contractually obligated to take it up with them directly and individually. You cannot sue them as part of a class action and you can’t be named in any kind of government legislation that might be enacted against Sony. This is of course if you agree to the new TOS which allows you to continue using the PSN network.

It isn’t the most respectable move, but after the incident with their recent server breach, it makes sense business-wise in case of another attack or an unforeseen problem that could find the company in court paying hefty fines. It will be interesting to see how the community reacts to this, but I have a feeling it will just pass by rather quickly when new games like Resistance 3 or Battlefield 3 come out and the desire to use the PSN grows stronger.

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Andrew Wilson
Andrew has been poking and prodding computers for 11 years who occasionally writes about Technology and Video Games while working towards getting his Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is also one of the contributors to the Let's Play's on the site.
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