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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 and Square Enix Sued for Final Fantasy XIII Freezing on PS3

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220w ago - As if there weren't enough class action lawsuits filed recently for the removal of OtherOS on PS3, IGN reports that yet another [Register or Login to view links] (PDF) is brewing against Sony and Square Enix over Final Fantasy XIII freezing and in some cases breaking the user's PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: "The lawsuit, filed on June 2, 2010 by Daniel Wolf of San Diego, Calif., alleges Final Fantasy XIII has caused 'severe and widespread damage' to Sony PS3 gaming systems since its release on March 9, 2010.

The lawsuit states that, for many consumers playing Final Fantasy XIII, has 'caused their PS3 consoles to freeze and become totally and permanently inoperable.'

Wolf said he purchased a copy of Final Fantasy XIII the day it was released, and when attempting to save his game, his PS3 became unresponsive and would no longer play any other media after restarting it.

The suit also alleges that both Sony and Square Enix blamed the issue on one another. Square Enix said the issue resulted from Sony's console, and Sony blamed the issue on a faulty Final Fantasy XIII game disc. Neither company...
 

Sony, Nintendo, and Nokia Sued Over Wireless Patent

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287w ago - Sony, Nintendo, and Nokia are currently infringing on patents related to the connectivity of handheld gaming devices, a new complaint says.

To quote: A court filing obtained by Edge from February 13 shows that Plano, Tex.-based Wall Wireless LLC is suing Sony, Nintendo, Nokia and related companies including Sony Computer Entertainment America and Nintendo of America for allegedly infringing upon [Register or Login to view links] 6,640,086, named "Method and Apparatus for Creating and Distributing Real-Time Interactive Media Content Through Wireless Communication Networks and the Internet."

The patent explains that the invention "pertains ... to methods and systems that allow an operator to distribute messages having aural or visual content that is generated by the operator using handheld apparatuses such as mobile telephones."

Wall Wireless alleges that Sony's PSP, Nintendo's DS, as well as certain real-time online multiplayer games such as Mario Kart and WipeOut Pulse infringe on the patent. The plaintiff also says that Nokia's mobile devices N81, N82, N93 and N95 infringe on the patent, along with the mobile game Reset Generation.
 
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