190w ago - With the PS3 Firmware 3.30 update, Sony has introduced a new Terms Of Service and User Agreement - Version 6.0 (April 21, 2010).
The most interesting is paragraph 11, to cite:
11. MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADES
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 http://www.us.playstation.com/termsofuse.
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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So now they can go in to the system whenever they want look around for hacks and not only ban you from the network but also mess your stuff up if they feel like it and say, well you shoulden't have hacked your system and we are not respnsible for any damages.
I'll bet just about anything, if the ps3 gets fully hacked, we'll start to see a massive jump in YLOD. I also bet that just to cover their butts they'll hit a few non-hacked systems and say, no its not just the hacked systems, but the ratio is going to be obvious.
I would say at least 75-85% of the YLOD increase will be hacked systems, even slightly hacked systems. I really can't wait for a CFW for ps3. The PSP has done awesome with CFWs, and i don't mean for pirating.
So, this could be why this update is mandatory. It's to get you to agree to a new ToS. I'll have to go back (if someone doesn't do it before I do) and compare the previous ToS with this new one. Most of the info posted so far I believe was part of the previous ToS. The question is... what DID change - and why does Sony want everyone to move to it...
It could be the limitation of damages on the URL in the OP - I don't remember damages this, but it's been a while since I looked: