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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.

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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#286 - RevCube - 201w ago
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I think the last straw was with the release of that proggy called fckpsn v0.5 how disrespectful. Fckpsn v0.5 huh Sony releases banned v1.0 final lmao.

#285 - System Repairs - 201w ago
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In Canada we are in the middle of a new copyright bill being looked at that will ban breaking digital locks and make it illegal to PVR TV and more. Currently, as far as I know it's legal to use CFW and back up movies or games (you own) and play them on another machine(IPod or whatever), and illegal to loan out a movie or game. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

Anyone against the bill should google it and there are peteitions you can sign and send to local and federal govenrnment.
Article by CBC: cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/02/copyright-bill-clement-montreal.html

#284 - c8ptin hack - 201w ago
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i haven't signed in online in about 3 weeks , so where does that leave me? i'm just gonna wait it out, i'm sure something new will be out for this crap sony pulled, as for now its back to the old xbox lol.

#283 - kally12 - 201w ago
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From what I'm seeing in this statement by Sony, is they are seemingly willing to pardon current users of unauthorized software, but I see no actual help from their end on how to remove it.

#282 - barrybarryk - 201w ago
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System repairs I wasn't saying you're wrong, I meant the document says it's unsafe. Sony purely rely on the PSN authentication system to keep this data safe. Which is obviously not a safe system.

But they do receive the info that you have used one in the past. It's just they aren't acting on it. I know quite a few 3.56 users that formatted and all that but still got the email for previous offences so obviously they do still receive that information (from old logs).

But you are correct if you format and upgrade to 3.56 Sony won't ban you, they said as much in the statement and the emails sent out.


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