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Court Sides with Sony on PSN Terms, LulzSec Hacker Pleads Guilty

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125w ago - Recently a Northern California district court [Register or Login to view links] with Sony (PDF) on their TOS change requiring disputes to be resolved through arbitration, while LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

To quote from TechDirt.com (linked above): "Some folks were not at all happy about this and sought to file a class action lawsuit against Sony for the change -- but that lawsuit has been (pretty quickly) [Register or Login to view links] by the court, suggesting that the main guy suing failed to show evidence of any harm.

In an interesting move, the court found that the fact that you lost access to the network if you didn't agree to the new terms isn't evidence of any harm, but rather a choice."

Also from [Register or Login to view links] on the LulzSec Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking last year,...
 

PSN Terms Updated, Sony Entertainment Network is Introduced

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154w ago - It's been only five weeks since the last PSN TOS update, and today I received an e-mail from Sony updating their new Terms of Service and [Register or Login to view links] once again, which also introduces Sony Entertainment Network as outlined below.

According to the new [Register or Login to view links] (PDF File), those who continue to use PSN must essentially waive all rights to participate in new class action lawsuits against Sony and agree to resolve such matters on an individual basis only.

To quote: On September 15, 2011, Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. ("SNEA") will transfer its online services operations, including your wallet and the funds in it, to Sony Network Entertainment International LLC ("SNEI").

The first time you sign in to your PlayStation Network account on or after September 15, 2011, you will be asked to enter into a new Terms of Service and User Agreement ("TOS") and Privacy Policy with SNEI if you wish to continue using your PlayStation Network account. Please review all changes...
 

Sony Updates PSN Terms and User Agreement, Marketing Opt-in

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159w ago - Similar to what was done previously, today Sony has once again [Register or Login to view links] their PSN Terms of Service, User Agreement and Privacy Policy to now include a marketing opt-in among the changes.

The full PlayStation Network TOS Version 11 revision can be found below, and to quote from [Register or Login to view links] on the changes outlined via e-mail:

"Amendments are made to the Account Registration (warning parents of possible objectionable content), Video Content (mentioning the right to not refund customers based on external variables that may affect the video streaming service) and Subscriptions (discussing the auto renewal process and how to turn it off) sections. The Privacy Policy goes into effect on August 11th. You must agree to these changes if you want to continue using the PlayStation Network service.

Sony also revealed that the PlayStation 3 and PSP will come with new marketing opt-in options that will allow them to market their products to your account. You can check out the email they sent to PlayStation...
 

Sony Sued Over PSN Security Issues, PSN Terms Exclude Liability

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174w ago - Update #2: [Register or Login to view links] has reported that Canadian Natasha Maksimovic has also filed suit (PDF) against Sony via McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP for the recent PSN security breach.

Update: [Register or Login to view links] now reports that Sony's database may already be on sale in an online bazaar, stating that that low-level cybercriminals using "carder" online forums were offering to sell a database of 2.2 million credit-card numbers taken during the PlayStation Network breach.

As a result of yesterday's confirmation from Sony that PSN account information has been compromised, today class action lawsuits are forming against the corporation despite a [Register or Login to view links] that states Sony is not liable for loss of data.

To quote: "We exclude all liability...
 

Sony Rolls Out New PSN Terms of Service & User Agreement V8

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184w ago - I just logged into PSN via my laptop to remove my credit card info after reading the last article PS3 Hackers Address Potential PSN Security Issues and Bans and the first thing it made me do was re-accept the revised [Register or Login to view links] Version 8 from February 16, 2011 similar to a few months back when it last changed.

Below is a V7 to V8 PSN TOS comparison for those curious:

--- v7.txt 2011-02-17 17:19:16.145507800 -0600
+++ v8.txt 2011-02-17 17:18:12.363281200 -0600
@@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
-Version 7.1 (December 7, 2010)
+Version 8 (February 16, 2011)

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE AGREEMENT AND INDICATE WHETHER YOU AGREE TO ITS TERMS BY CLICKING THE "ACCEPT" OR "DO NOT ACCEPT" BUTTON AT THE END OF THE AGREEMENT. YOUR ACCESS TO THE PLAYSTATION NETWORK ("PSN") AND QRIOCITY SERVICES ("QRIOCITY") (COLLECTIVELY, "SONY ONLINE SERVICES") IS EXPRESSLY CONDITIONED UPON YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU CLICK THE "DO NOT ACCEPT"...
 
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