117w ago - Yesterday we reported on Sony's updated Terms of Service which included a clause to waive participating in new class action lawsuits against the corporation, and today VideoGameWriters.com notes how to opt-out of the new PSN TOS class action waiver while still being able to access PlayStation Network.
To quote: "However, as user ThinkWeak on Slashdot pointed out, there is a remedy written into the ToS for consumers who do not want to roll over for Sony.
On page 17 of the full Terms of Service, (section 15 paragraph 3), there is the following helpful information, capitalized to indicate that they are yelling at you for some reason:
RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER WITHIN 30 DAYS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN THIS SECTION 15, YOU MUST NOTIFY SNEI IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT YOU ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT.
YOUR WRITTEN NOTIFICATION MUST BE MAILED TO:
6080 CENTER DRIVE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90045
ATTN: LEGAL DEPARTMENT/ARBITRATION
AND MUST INCLUDE: (1) YOUR NAME, (2) YOUR ADDRESS, (3) YOUR PSN ACCOUNT NUMBER, IF YOU HAVE ONE, AND (4) A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH ANY SONY ENTITY THROUGH ARBITRATION.
So there you have it. A simple old-school snail-mail will allow you to both enjoy the PSN service and maintain your given rights as a US or [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE] citizen. Don’t you love living in the 21st century?"
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Last week we reported that the PSN Terms were updated followed by how to Opt-Out of the new Class Action waiver, and today Sony confirms to CNN (linked above) that the http://www.lawmemo.com/supreme/case/concepcion/ (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-893.pdf) US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year spurred the recent PlayStation Network TOS change.
To quote: "Sony said this week that the new terms-of-service changes were made, as some analysts suspected, in response to a Supreme Court decision in April. In that case, AT&T Mobility was permitted to include and enforce a clause in employment contracts that bars workers from bringing class-action suits.
"The Supreme Court recently ruled in the AT&T case that language like this is enforceable," a spokeswoman for Sony's PlayStation unit wrote in an e-mail.
"The updated language in the TOS is designed to benefit both the consumer and the company by ensuring that there is adequate time and procedures to resolve disputes."
Like AT&T, Sony prefers to settle disputes outside of court through a process called arbitration."
So 2 wrongs make a right? Which terror organization do you belong to? In the year of our Lord 4500 BC this is the "best" way to go (given technology), but since man created fire, things started to become a bit more civilized.
In principle, this borders the same mentality of some ejits getting into planes and flying into buildings. It is terrorism and there are a number of laws that can land you up in jail for some of the stuff you mentioned. If you dislike what $ony is doing, then boycott them in a civilized way like HeyManHRU said, but leave the terrorism talk for your poker nights with your groupies! - rep for that!
i am done with sony its time to break their servers for real this time i tried to tell them to stop but i guess its up to me to shut them down what they are doing is plain wrong. it is going to stop no more contracts from sony. no more contracts from sony any more.
i say we take out our ak's and go talk to them. time to do something is now!!! Every One hack them on the 9/28/2011 at 8 pm eastern time show them that they can't do what they want. they are stealing our rights fight back.