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Sony Forms PS3 Anti-Piracy Program, Hiring IP Investigators

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200w ago - Last week Sony officially addressed PS3 piracy and PSN bans, and today IGN (linked above) reports that they are forming a PlayStation 3 Anti-Piracy Program and hiring online investigators to assist in protecting their Intellectual Property and overseeing anti-piracy civil lawsuits.

To quote: "Two new [Register or Login to view links] posted on SCEA's Web site reveal the company is getting serious about PlayStation 3 software piracy.

Sony is looking for a new Senior Corporate Counsel and a Senior Paralegal for Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection. The main responsibilities include "assessing annual SCEA corporate anti-piracy needs and addressing the needs through developing and implementing an anti-piracy program."

Senior Corporate Counsel, Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection - Requisition ID 02289
United States - California - San Francisco Bay Area - Foster City

Senior Paralegal, Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection - Requisition ID 02288
United States - California - San Francisco Bay Area - Foster City

"The program to be developed will require a strong strategic online component (taking input from and working with SCEA Marketing, SCEA Strategic Business Development Latin America and SCEA Product Development)," the listing reads.

The jobs also require "collaborating with other anti-piracy organizations, including those of affiliated Sony Computer Entertainment companies, Sony Corporation and the videogame industry's trade association, the Entertainment Software Association."

Other responsibilities ask for "overseeing anti-piracy civil lawsuits and providing support to law enforcement and intellectual property agencies on behalf of SCEA."

Additionally, one of the requirements is having "knowledge of online investigative practices and online databases (e.g. how to find owner, administrator, ISP associated with a given domain name, etc.)"

Sony recently took famed iPhone hacker George Hotz to court after he and another group of hackers unlocked the PlayStation 3's security and later published the data online.

Since then, homebrew applications to run pirated software have hit the net, and one of Sony's major first-party titles, Killzone 3, was reportedly leaked two weeks before its release."

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#26 - semitope - 200w ago
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A huge waste of money and misdirection of resourses IMO. It's stupid when companies spend more on fighting piracy than they actually make from fighting it.

On a torrent site I frequent, the most downloaded ps3 games is around 4000 (fifa 11), compare that to the most downloaded 360 game which is at 39000+ downloads. Microsoft isn't blowing a gasket about this at all and it seems they are taking a position almost opposite to sony on it all.

They show hackers a little more love with the recent kinect and dealing with hackers on the recent windows phone 7 release. Guess that's just sony for you.

#25 - Bishoff - 200w ago
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yea which makes even less sense to try to do it in the US since most hackers aren't even from there lol. Oh Sony you are amusing.

#24 - karyuudo - 200w ago
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Maybe this would be an issue if you live in the USA... but countries like Canada, Europe etc would be exempt from any civil investigation.

#23 - costocart - 200w ago
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they are investing for protection of future system. if this works... their future console going to provide a major roadblock for hackers to hack the system (in terms of legal).

#22 - onenut - 200w ago
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i'm gonna download killzone 3 but i promise to only play it for an hour and then delete it just like a full game trial on psn.


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