170w 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 filed suit 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 recently warned 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."
Stay tuned for more PS3 Hacks and PS3 CFW news, follow us on Twitter and be sure to drop by the PS3 Hacks and PS3 Custom Firmware Forums for the latest PlayStation 3 scene updates and homebrew releases!
This makes no since. An attorney should easily be able to use precedence from the Apple jailbreaking case...
"Monday's decision, (.pdf) which applies to all mobile smart phones and not the iPad, does not require Apple or other handset makers to allow jailbreaking. Instead, it makes it lawful to circumvent controls designed to block jailbreaking." (wired.com)
Interesting. I wonder if and what they are going to do about the USBKeys, Teensy's, etc.
Maybe they are able to circumvent this restriction by selling the JailBreaks as generic USB-development-thingies that become PS3 hackers when loaded with the right software.
I remember a similar tactic, in at least the Netherlands, where there once was a booming business for smartcards for pirate-satellite-viewing. They just happened to sell blank smartcards and programmers. However, the customers knew what to do with both