Thanks for posting this article - it's extremely well written and it addresses a number of issues that i've been concerned about for a while now.
Every time i read about Sony.... suing someone else, or spending loads of money on a complete waste of time, or removing features that were one of the main selling points, or (etc etc)... I loose more and more respect for the company. I've been a huge supporter of sony products over the years, being an early adopter i've spent thousands on their products (High spec bravia's, ps1, ps2, psp, ps3 etc).
The way they treat their customers (or anyone who tries to help their customers) is nothing short of barbaric. They behave like a dictatorship (in some respects) and think that they can do what they want.
I, personally, will have to seriously consider the move to the dark side (Microsoft) next gen - especially given MS's recent hacker (sorry "Researcher") friendly attitude - i.e. The recent news about Windows Mobile hacks.
I for one will be watching the outcome of this lawsuit like a hawk - hoping and praying that the courts save my rights as a consumer and that they prevent sony from screwing us all over.
But hey - that's just my opinion.
(Hmm XBOXSwampy - not sure, maybe)