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Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

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201w ago - Update: As expected, countless users in our PS3 Forums have confirmed receiving e-mail notices from Sony followed by their PlayStation 3 consoles being banned.

According to [Register or Login to view links] if you get error 0x8002A227 Sony banned your PS3 from the PSN.

Today Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has posted the following statement from Sony Computer Entertainment on PS3 circumvention devices, piracy and PSN bans:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software.

Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the "System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System" and the "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws.

Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

What this means to you:

Circumvention devices and game piracy damage our industry and can potentially injure the online experience for you, our loyal PlayStation customers, via hacks and cheats.

Many PlayStation.Blog readers have asked how we intend to deal with these incidents that they have been reading about in the gaming press, and this is our initial response.

By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.

Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear.

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#326 - Grzelakin - 198w ago
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if someone downloaded something off my psn account and won't delete it what can I do?

#325 - barrybarryk - 200w ago
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lol well the bans I understand, even suing geohot for grandstanding I kind of get, but raiding graf was ridiculously uncalled for and really is just Sony throwing their weight around to try scare people off.

#324 - daveshooter - 200w ago
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I have 4 PS3's that will never go on PSN, anyone fancy making me an offer on the Id's. Just kidding fony-sony, they can have them for free.

I was just being facetious and scaremongering about them switching off the network card and wireless, because thats the sort of low life whale killing, little push bike riding Mofos are capable of.

#323 - barrybarryk - 200w ago
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the only way to securely ban your console from PSN is to do it server side, client side would be an easy fix.

All they'll do is ban the console ID (what they're doing now and there's no real way around it, spoofing console ID will get you around it but you'll need a legitimate console ID that isn't in use so no wide spread vulnerability there) and if they go down the road of banning your PSN account that'll be handled server side too.

There's no reason to ban the NIC's in the PS3. The email isn't a notification of a ban it's a warning that a ban is coming. If you update before you're banned presumably you'll not get banned like the email says but if you update after you're banned it'll not be revoked.

#322 - daveshooter - 200w ago
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They did say a lifetime ban, and to be truthfully its a very arrogant statement for them to make, unless they have prep themselves against PSN hackers and just finalizing things before they ban your box. My guessing is their get ticked off, and switch the network card and wireless off in a hidden update, when your on their PSN.


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