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243w ago - With the PS3 Firmware 3.30 update, Sony has [Register or Login to view links] a new Terms Of Service and User Agreement - Version 6.0 (April 21, 2010).

The most interesting is paragraph 11, to cite:


From time to time, it may become necessary for SCEA to provide certain content to you to ensure that Sony Online Services and content offered through Sony Online Services, your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system or other SCEA-authorized hardware is functioning properly in accordance with SCEA guidelines.

Some content may be provided automatically without notice when you sign in. Such content may include automatic updates or upgrades which may change your current operating system, cause a loss of data or content or cause a loss of functionalities or utilities.

Such upgrades or updates may be provided for system software for your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, or other SCEA-authorized hardware. Access or use to any system software is subject to terms and conditions of a separate end user license agreement found at [Register or Login to view links].

You authorize SCEA to provide such content and agree that SCEA shall not be liable for any damages, loss of data or loss of functionalities arising from provision of such content or maintenance services. It is recommended that you regularly back up any archivable data located on the hard disk.

Is it just me, or is Sony trying to cover their bottoms?

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#47 - Onestep - 243w ago
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That has been in the EULA for some time now. As long as you're connecting to their network, your subject to whatever their techs choose.

#46 - Mbb - 243w ago
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Why did you update to 3.21, better wait for the CFW... and now you already updated it doesnt matter anymore, just update to 3.30 as well then...

#45 - silencephaze - 243w ago
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I was wondering what is everyone doing now with their ps3. I updated to 3.21 because i wanted to play online with my bought games, but now since SONY has made another frame-ware update that has hidden features that makes it possible for SONY to spy on a person and make sure everything on their hard drive isn't pirated and Legal. What the heck has happen to this world seriously.

I am posting this hopping someone has answer for me like a Bypass maybe? I thought Sony went to far with the 3.21 update, but now the next update is just madness. As a paying Sony Customer i have to say i am not going to agree with their terms of service this time.

Who else feels the same way and has the answer i suppose everyone is looking for now to play online? -- It would be nice to play online without Big brother spying on everything you do!

Let me know what if anyone has any suggestions for me thank you.

#44 - OGroteKoning - 243w ago
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Even though I am upset with the way $ony is protecting their intelligence, they are within their rights to do so. This will never entitle them to enter into any private media. Their purpose is purely to protect/safeguard their own intelligence built into the PS3. If they do however access your private data on any device or media centre, then you CAN sue them. This infringes on any country's right to privacy acts. This alteration does not give them carte blanche to do whatever they want with your systems. Frankly, I don't think they give a rats #$@%^ about your illigal downloaded movies (except perhaps the ones made in their own studios). Perhaps they will enjoy watching your home porn movies just as much as you ... who knows ...

I am also stunned at the amazement shown by all on this forum with the actions taken by $ony - what did you expect when EgoSnot made it public that he hacked the PS3. Everyone was excited (except $ony) that now homebrew can be made and run on their ($ony's) own operating system. Something we have to accept is that you can't have the best of both worlds. Make a decision - 1. Stick with OFW and abide by $ony rules - go onto PSN, ply online, no banning etc. or 2. Wait for CFW (when/if that will surface) and bear the consequences of any action for doing so - but you get to keep linux and perhaps (by a long shot) get some things you asked $ony for on your system in 12 months' time.

I must make this clear .... $ONY DOES NOT CARE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION!!! They are protecting their own interest. If they did care so much about you the "loyal supporter" (like wonderbra), they would have included those requests in previous FW updates - you know - all the nice things people asked them for like cross game chat, b/c etc etc etc.

I am also sad... don't get me wrong...

#43 - Denbo44 - 243w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Denbo44 View Post
Here is the email I received from PlayStation(R)Network on the subject. Maybe we should all terminate at the same time?

Ok it is me being paranoid or not? As I read this "If you do not agree with the new Terms of Service and User Agreement or Privacy Policy, please contact Customer Service to terminate your PlayStation(R)Network account(s) and do not visit PlayStation(R)Network or our websites. Continued use of your PlayStation(R)Network accounts by you or your associated Sub Accounts means that you agree to the new Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Continued use of any SCEA website means you agree to the new Privacy Policy."

If I do not terminate my PSN account, I may automagically get updated from 3.15 to whatever? I use the PS3 to stream captured MPG movies from my STB via firewire (1394) from a PC media server so it is on the network a lot. I don't need no stinking Blu-ray !


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