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PS3 Consoles Taken from Dutch Homes, Seized PS3's Released


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185w ago - As a follow-up to our previous article, the Guardian (linked above) is now reporting that PS3 consoles have been taken from Dutch homes as a result of the Sony-LG patent dispute while [Register or Login to view links] reports that the previously seized PS3's are being released following the court lifting LG's injunction against Sony with the firm ordered to pay legal fees.

To quote from the Guardian: "LG has won a court order enabling it to seize all new PS3 across the Netherlands – including those already in Dutch homes – in a dispute that centres on Sony's allegedly infringing use of Blu-ray technology belonging to LG.

The injunction means that LG is tightening the net on PS3s in Europe, having already ordered customs officers to seize thousands of the consoles last week.

Sony will fight to have the blockade lifted at an emergency hearing in the Hague's civil court of justice tomorrow.

LG argues that Sony PS3s infringe a number of its patents relating to playback of Blu-ray discs. The Korean company has been granted an investigation into the PS3's Blu-ray use by the US international trade commission, after seeking a "permanent exclusion order ... excluding entry into the United States" of the games console.

Tomorrow's court battle will be one of the first times the Asian giants have come head to head in patent disputes stretching almost seven years.

LG is likely to apply for the consoles to be destroyed, while Sony will apply for the blockade to be lifted. A court judgment on what happens next could be returned tomorrow or in the coming days.

Customs officials at Rotterdam and Schiphol, the main import points for PS3s for both the UK and wider Europe, are understood to have extended a blockade on two Sony shipments made last week.

Sony, which imports about 100,000 PS3s into Europe each week, is attempting to get all the restrictions lifted."

From MCVUK, to quote: "The patent disagreement between LG and Sony has been lifted – freeing 300,000 stranded PS3s in Holland.

All PS3s will now be released and there will be no more seizures, reports Eurogamer. LG has allegedly been slapped with an order to pay all €130,000 of Sony's legal fees. For each day it fails to do so, it will be fined a further €200,000."

What do you guys think of this development?




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xUb3rn00dlEx's Avatar
#26 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 185w ago
I agree that under any case in any country's jurisdiction the blame should fall on Sony and not the consumer. I do not know dutch law and therefor have learned something new from you today, thank you. I was speaking about the law in America, and even though I live in NYC (a very anti-gun toting city, thanks to an anal mayor) the right to bear arms and defend oneself still applies.

I find it strange that in the Netherlands you are not allowed to own a gun. Do you mean any gun? Because in NYC, we cannot own assault rifles, but handguns and shotguns are all ok, and I believe there is an exception to CERTAIN semi-automatic weapons.

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#25 - morrisz - 185w ago
That isn't too hard. When you go online with your ps3 much data including your ip address is sent to Sony. ip addresses here in holland are for the majority static which means they are tied to the homes from which they are used. They just need to obtain those addresses from Sony.

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#24 - SuperDre - 185w ago
It's complete BS about PS3's being taken from dutch homes, as no judge would ever give permission to get sold PS3's from people's home, and the reporter who wrote that should be fired for just making things up..

GZA1984's Avatar
#23 - GZA1984 - 185w ago
I'm dutch as well and find this weird... So how exactly did they found out what home had a PlayStation 3?

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#22 - Deeluxe - 185w ago
Why don't they try to do something like this here (Bulgaria)? There will be dead people.

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