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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.

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#306 - crazelunatic - 200w ago
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well when you decide to hop online plz let us know what happens... at this point i've spent too much time on the web and it does seem like a lot of speculation... When a dev releases news about what has happened then i'll chime back in

#305 - Zentsuken - 200w ago
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It's quite an ironic thing too, the app that one uses is cussing out PSN. That to me, would imply that you don't give a damn about PSN. Quite a tasteless name indeed. I also feel it's thanks to that, that this kinda got out of hand again. Way too many people jumping on board once this got easy.

It was better when fewer people knew and it was tougher to configure properly in the first place.

Ah well, in the long run we all knew it wouldn't end well. I'd just like to know if your account gets 'flagged' to where you can't use it on another PS3 console as some people seem to put it. Then there are people saying you can log on PSN. Others saying they've been banned, while others say there aren't any bans.. yet.

Too much rumors going on right now, going to wait till things settle down a bit longer.

I've easily spent more than $200 and I still got the e-mail. Not going to try and hop online yet (even on my OFW PS3).

#304 - crazelunatic - 200w ago
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i think what's saving me individually is that I have purchased alot of things from psn... I guess their really calculating the cost it would have to their business before they ban accounts that have made plenty of store purchases.

#303 - antalpromille - 200w ago
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i got the email yesterday, and i have been offline after the release of 3.56. didn't try any of the proxy or dns rerouting. i'm using kmeaw 3.55.

#302 - blazeking - 200w ago
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I agree, fckPSN was a terrible choice for a name. AutoProxy would have been alright but no... they just had to encroach Sony.


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