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Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

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200w 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.

Stay tuned for more PS3 Hacks and PS3 CFW news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and be sure to drop by the PS3 Hacks and PS3 Custom Firmware Forums for the latest PlayStation 3 scene and PlayStation 4 scene updates and fresh homebrew releases!

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#316 - Icepuppy - 200w ago
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I never used my PS3 with Kmeaw to play on PSN but I did do some game updates etc. My PS3 is also from Australia and I got an email from SCEA Australia even though I have been using it in Canada for a year or so. I'm pretty sure Sony knows exactly what's on it so that console never goes online again, have a second console for PSN.

It will be interesting to see if any console ID spoofing happens, it would indeed be interesting if random people starting getting banned.

#315 - wwywong - 200w ago
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You can't. They are tie to your psn account. But I think you can backup the files and put it in another ps3 that have the same psn account though. But you have to rebuild the database to make it work.

#314 - Anticleric - 200w ago
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What's this talk about changing your PSN ID with Charles? Not planning on doing it yet, but I would like to hear more.

Also, does anyone know if you could backup your trophy data and transfer it to another account? I know it's lame.. but I don't want to lose my trophies, don't really care about the rest of PSN.

#313 - skribblenauts - 200w ago
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I received the email but it's funny because I can log in to PSN over the Web and sign in just fine. I can see my friends list, trophy info, etc. However I have not logged into PSN to see if I am actually banned.

Meh, whatever...if you chose to JB and use CFW for what EVER reason you have in mind for it, you should be ready to accept the consequence, be it brick or ban.

If it bothers you all that much that you are banned from the PSN, yes, go get a new PS3. Or do what I am going to do, and buy a 360 to play online. BHAHAHA. IN YOUR FACE SONY.

#312 - ryanl33x1511 - 200w ago
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I WAS wondering how sony log you ? by IP, ? MAC of each PS3, device ID and cert of each device ? I mean by all that CFW we can generata and fake all that and just generate another one to login untill get ban again..


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