171w ago - While everyone awaits a verdict on the injunction in the recent PS JailBreak lawsuit hearing, another Australian PS3 gamer has lost his OtherOS lawsuit to Sony recently.
According to GamePron.com (linked above) Michael Trebilcock had asked for AU $800 in compensation (the cost to rent a laptop for each day he was unable to use Linux on his PS3, plus fees), with a claim that the updated console could no longer be used as a computer.
To quote: "Unfortunately for Trebilcock, the Magistrates court heard that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission cleared Sony of any wrongdoing regarding the upgrade, and the claim was dismissed.
Mr. Trebilcock was not made to pay Sony's legal costs."
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California is liberal? I was under the impression that it was the opposite (at least in terms of who runs the state.) I'm curious as to you mentioning that the UK is extremely pro-consumer, because I did my reading and you are correct, but I also found that the major players in the EU are likewise. I think that the EU (UK included) have a much better chance at beating Sony than America. I guess we just have to wait and see, I hope I'm wrong though!
Sony can do whatever it wants... they wrote up their user agreements to keep them in the clear in the eyes of the law...but that doesn't make what they did right.
I can't see myself buying another console if this is how these guys are going to treat their customers. These companies want to excise way to much control over the systems they sell. I wouldn't have such an issue with what they did if it only disabled access to PSN because I don't need or use it anyways but the fact they they limit you to only playing old games and movies is crap. They basically crippled the main functions of the system you purchased if you wanted to save OtherOS.
I'm not up on Australia's consumer protection laws / stance, but as I understand the UK is extremely pro-consumer and more specifically pro-consumer choice, so it may go differently there.
In the US, suits in California and other fairly liberal courts are likely to be successful against Sony, but I'm not certain how it would go at the Federal level. Are there any current US suits in regards to this?