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Sony America Files Lawsuit Against US PS JailBreak ReSeller


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204w ago - As news of defeat rolled in on the Australian Court decision earlier today, Kotaku (linked above) now reports that Sony America is taking PS JailBreak US reseller ShopPSJailBreak.com to court.

SCEA has [Register or Login to view links] in California against the online retailer, accusing them of charges including copyright violation.

This doesn't come as a huge surprise, as legal experts have [Register or Login to view links] these are just the first of many lawsuits expected.

To quote: "While not specifically mentioned in the court documents, it's believed the accused, Zoomba LDC - trading at the address SHOPPSJAILBREAK.com - has been attempting to sell the new PS3 Jailbreak modchip, which allows users to circumvent the PlayStation 3's copy protection and play games retail games installed on the console's hard drive.

Shoppsjailbreak is listed as one of two 'official' distributors for the PS Jailbreak on the device's website.

The suit was filed on Tuesday in the California Northern District Court, and accuses Zoomba of copyright infringement, violations of the digital millennium copyright act and trademark infringement. SCEA is seeking damages and an injunctive relief, which would block the sale of the devices."



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nimportequoi's Avatar
#29 - nimportequoi - 204w ago
If there is a patch for this security hole it shouldn't take long, either boot instructions are part of the firmware (bios) or not, either they rewrite the usb handshake or sue companies selling jailbreaks, so far it seems the later.

I unfortunatly doubt it cannot be patched, the exploit was Sony's way to run diagnostic tools internally at servicing, they knew it had the potential of being stolen or leaked, they probably are going into damage control, because even with a patch you have 5 years of compatible PS3 games, sure games don't run like retails right now, but it's a matter of time before someone write a proper PS3-like game launcher with updates, online and dlc working rather than this beta backup manager.

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#28 - PSPSwampy - 204w ago
I love the way the site's come alive again - just like the good old PSP days!

The way I look at it is - Sony shouldn't have removed OtherOS - I'm sure there are a number of devs who decided to commit much more time hacking the console since sony removed it.

I think jailbreak/psgroove will (eventually) allow us to get back the feature that we paid for (OtherOS) - so I say Screw you sony.

I really DO hope this all bites sony in the ass - they've been screwing us for years, time to return the favour!

PSPSwampy.

doorman's Avatar
#27 - doorman - 204w ago
See, this is the part of it that's interesting to me.

Many of the devs have already said that it is possible for Sony to block/detect this via a frimware update. Yet, there's been no mention of one from Sony. Granted there probably will be one coming, but there's usually talk of one before it hits the streets.

It's odd to me that Sony is putting so much time/money into lawsuits over something that is already in the wild. Maybe they are just going for damage control, but it's inevitably out there now and can't be feasably stopped. Sony can't control/sue the entire world. Many countries laws would rule against them. Maybe they are just hitting the major countries to try and set a precedent.

However, we've already seen how crazy Sony goes over the mere mention of a possible hack (r.i.p. OtherOS). So I guess it's not agains't Sony's nature to go overboard on something like this. I would think that a company that big would have enough sense to know when you've been defeated on something.

Because legally they are required to defend their copyright or their trademark (can't remember which) or else they can lose it.

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#26 - tripellex - 204w ago
+Rep for the head's up, girlsname!

More than likely they took them down either in anticipation of, or receipt of a cease-and-desist from the court, similar to what happened to OzMod and Quantranics.

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#25 - girlsname - 204w ago
Like I do every morning now, I checked over at ModChipCentral to see what the latest news on PSJB coming in was. The front page is missing the normal advert about it and its not in the PS3->ModChips area either. I shot off an email to them asking what was up. Just wondering if someone else knew anything about this.

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