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Official Statement Regarding PS3 Circumvention Devices and Pirated Software

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Feb 16, 2011 // Sr. Social Media Manager

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment released the following statement:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

What this means to you

Circumvention devices and game piracy damage our industry and can potentially injure the online experience for you, our loyal PlayStation customers, via hacks and cheats.

Many PlayStation.Blog readers have asked how we intend to deal with these incidents that they have been reading about in the gaming press, and this is our initial response.

By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.

Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear.

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501

+ ShiroPika on February 17th, 2011 at 7:21 am said:

TAKE THEM DOWN!QUICKLY!


502

+ XanderV26 on February 17th, 2011 at 7:30 am said:

Well done Sony!


503

+ murf2008 on February 17th, 2011 at 7:39 am said:

sony have lost this battle……. hackerz 1-0 sony…how ever they try to make it look they lost ..but they did last longer then wii and xbox ..


504

+ LexDiamond79 on February 17th, 2011 at 7:58 am said:

This is a win for sony. I know Sony is going to look at that Mac and IP Address to track that console to the fullest who has bad software installed on it.


505

+ Eyeseller on February 17th, 2011 at 7:58 am said:

Three things are certain.

-Cheaters will never go away.

-Piracy will never go away.

-People who suck at online play will never go away.


506

+ Tman_Slice on February 17th, 2011 at 8:03 am said:

Ban them! I hate pirates.


507

+ triple_lei on February 17th, 2011 at 8:19 am said:

Gee you guys! Since there are “so many” CFW users who don’t pirate or cheat, maybe Sony should just make a special case for all CFW users and ask them personally if they pirate or cheat. Then all the CFW users have to do is select “No” and they can sign onto the PSN and be on their merry way!

Because absolutely everyone with CFW is a virtuous, upstanding citizen, right?

…right?


508

+ supralicious on February 17th, 2011 at 8:25 am said:

I bought my PS3 used online about a month ago. I don’t know if the previous owner used any of the circumvention devices but I got this email. I installed 3.55 firmware as soon as I got the ps3 online and proceeded to update to 3.56 because I play online often. I don’t know if my console will get banned because I don’t have a circumvention device and they are detecting that I do.


509

+ SpecialK79 on February 17th, 2011 at 8:32 am said:

this place is full of trolls…
all sony has done is remove features and given unfulfilled promises to us…seems all sony can do is make good hardware and that is it, nothing else!


510

+ floodland71 on February 17th, 2011 at 8:34 am said:

Only lemmings here? lol
If PSN is down, then the WAR is over.


511

+ Gi12R on February 17th, 2011 at 8:54 am said:

Give us back our ” Other Os ”, you are by nothing more perfect than hackers . You steal , they steal , in fact , you are worst .


512

+ warbreaker89 on February 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am said:

lets be clear on one thing, hackers are not the issue, the pirates and cheaters are the issue, DO NOT PUT HACKERS IN THE SAME CATEGORY, they are a different thing…


513

+ firebuble on February 17th, 2011 at 9:01 am said:

hackers are bad people?

whats about sony using LG tecnology for his PS3 without paying them for that? i mean blu-ray & blu-ray players are LG tecnology

and they call us pirates? c’mon.. can u do whatever u want but we wont?


514

+ EagleEyeSamurai on February 17th, 2011 at 9:02 am said:

Indeed.

No quarter should be afforded to these pirates, hackers, and other self-righteous offenders.

There’s a balance between those who earn their keep by providing this entertainment, and those who spend their well-earned money to enjoy the life PlayStation. If Sony needs to go on the attack to protect this balance, then Sony, full attack!


515

+ nyrichkid on February 17th, 2011 at 9:09 am said:

nextgenupdate.com/forums/trophies/

This site is openly offering Jailbreak platnums and other trophies for Paypal.


516

+ Sakura-TA on February 17th, 2011 at 9:19 am said:

Yes, very good sony
^_^


517

+ saintaqua on February 17th, 2011 at 9:33 am said:

If you’re gonna hack, then stay off the PSN.
Sony doesn’t want you there and the rest of us who actually play our games for fun/trophies/competitiveness definitely don’t want you there!
Yay for the bans!


518

+ Einhander138 on February 17th, 2011 at 9:33 am said:

@499 Actually it was Kevin Butler that released the keys.


519

+ Einhander138 on February 17th, 2011 at 9:34 am said:

@513

Speaking of self righteous – get off your high horse.


520

+ sporeboy100 on February 17th, 2011 at 9:36 am said:

*wields 2 keyblades of light and darkness* here SONY your gonna need both of them for killing and banishing HOTZ’s heart into the real of darkness BTW tell him to say hi to Aqua for me


521

+ tase-tase on February 17th, 2011 at 9:36 am said:

While I midly support Sony’s fight against piracy (Better security – GOOD, fugling up everyone else in the process AKA no PS2 emulation and otherOS support – BAD), I find it a shame to directly link PS3 modders / etc. to hackers that ruin online games, no matter what the platform. Take a look at PC gaming, legit users BUY hacks. Doesn’t mean if your are legit that you actually ARE legit.


522

+ thenk83 on February 17th, 2011 at 9:42 am said:

So Sony, I haven’t used my PS3 in about a year. I sign-on to MW2 and the second server I play on unlocks my level 17 toon to 70 and unlocks all the guns. I’ve deleted saves and I can’t get rid of it. Am I now technically hacking/cheating? Will I get banned?

If so, you need better control of your servers. Just sayin’.


523

+ jeep_2003 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:09 am said:

I think dirt (heckers) should be treated like dirt. One bad apple
spoils it for the bunch.

Sony should do filmware updates every month, like microsoft does with there computers that way it will all content fresh and piracy proof.


524

+ SAVAGE_11 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:12 am said:

ban all of them bick there consoles death to the pirates arrggghhh..
not but really, ban them + there account permanently please..


525

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:28 am said:

PS: I do not hack but at the same time I do not support Sony in any way shape or form……


526

+ xbskid on February 17th, 2011 at 10:30 am said:

@525:

And yet you hold an account with their online services. How do you explain that one?


527

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:30 am said:

++513.
Sony you are thieves you should be banned. They STOLE LG’s technology.


528

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:37 am said:

@527
No I never play online. When I first go the system, but not anymore. I agree people that CHEAT should get a suspension, but people that RE their OWN system they they bought with their own Money. Why should they get banned? Just because someone has CFW installed does not mean they are pirates or cheaters. Actually most of those people are just happy that they have OtherOS back. But you who paid for the system that was supposed to support linux will never have that opportunity again. Read the link and see what your almighty Sony does with your data.


529

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:37 am said:

RE mean reverse engineer for those that don’t know


530

+ Psx0005 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:39 am said:

@ #9: Kindly read the fine print in your System Software License Agreement that says: “…You do not have any ownership rights or interests in the System Software. All intellectual property rights therein belong to SCE and its licensors, and all use or access to such System Software shall be subject to the terms of this Agreement and all applicable copyright and intellectual property laws. Except as expressly granted in this Agreement, SCE and its licensors reserve all rights, interests and remedies.”

For you and OtherOS gripers: Get over it. Its not Sony’s fault if you don’t want to read the agreements when you connect to the online aspect or update the firmware on your system.
Sony doesn’t owe you anything. So get over it.


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+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:40 am said:

They install spyware on your system. And they do not encrypt any of your data. Which means ANYBODY could very easily get your info if they wanted it.


532

+ comicfan007 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:45 am said:

Well done Sony.


533

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:46 am said:

I never signed an Agreement. Not to mention it has been recently changed without end-users knowledge which makes it void. Do some reading somewhere other than Playstation Blog. The fact is Sony is setting a double standard how are you gonna argue that? They stole LG’s technology thats that. Sony is running pirated hardware on their own machine. And thats ok for Sony to steal? Wake up!


534

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:47 am said:

yeah well done Sony you are thieves!


535

+ SuperDre on February 17th, 2011 at 10:48 am said:

I hate piracy, I hate cheating, but I support Homebrew. As a legitimate user you already cut me off PSN because you removed the very important feature OtherOS(one of the biggest reasons for me to buy the PS3 back then, next to the bluray player, games was a nice + (I do have over 100 original PS3 games now)), so I’m still on OFW 3.15 because I want to keep my OtherOS, BUT you (sony) force me to use the current Customfirmwares if I want to be able to use my PS3 with the functionalities when I bought it (so being able to use OtherOS, play the latest games and go online), Now you say you will ban ‘me’ if I do, so what’s the difference for me as a legit customer still on OFW 3.15(except that with CFW I can actually play the latest games)?

I do think cheaters should be taken care of, but if someone is using homebrew (non-cheating, non-piracy, non-PSN-damaging) it should be allowed (and even encouraged, just like Microsoft has it’s XNA-studio), as it can only enrich the PS3 functionalities which are sadly to say very bad/lame.


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+ Psx0005 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:48 am said:

@dd_900: You talk continually about hacker’s and their rights, and yet for all the talk, I don’t see one thing in your yapping that isn’t covered in the rights and agreements that Sony puts in writing before you use their product. Because I would dare you to bring your arguments to court against Sony and see how your nonsense holds up. I personally have nothing to worry about with Sony looking in my system, but apparently you must. Because that aspect of Sony peeking in your system is ALSO written as an agreement you have to go by if you want to continue using their online service.


537

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:50 am said:

thay keep deleting that link cause its the TRUTH


538

+ Psx0005 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:50 am said:

@dd_500/Post #533: Yeah, you did. By hitting the “Ok” button on your system. Guess I had to spell that one out for you huh?


539

+ Einhander138 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:50 am said:

Sony continually changing the agreement means it won’t stand up in a court of law.


540

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:52 am said:

like I said the agreement now is way different then when i first bought the system. Did they inform anyone of the change? no they didnt and you cant just change an agreement without notifying everybody. Void. Face it Sony blows they steal and you support that?


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+ Psx0005 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:53 am said:

@Einhander138: They reserve the right to amend it. Does ANYONE here read any of the fine print in any of the agreements before they post on here? Guess not.


542

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:54 am said:

@542 exactly which is why they are not winning at this point. Read the OFFICIAL court docs they are all over the web.


543

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:55 am said:

sure they have the right to amend it but not without notification.


544

+ Psx0005 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:56 am said:

@dd_900: This is fun. I could go on and on with you dd_900, but you clearly haven’t read all of the fine print so I’m moving on. Because getting into it with someone who clearly has an anti-Sony sentiment (obviously) is not worth me wasting my time away from playing some Gran Turismo 5. Online. Have a nice day, sir.


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+ Zombiewraz on February 17th, 2011 at 10:57 am said:

people are stupid any sofware that isnt official sony software is a violation of the end user agreement its sonys right to ban the accound and the cpu/motherboard id number sony is doing a great job any homebrew hacks are violations of their software which is illegal anybody who says otherwise is a idiot. read the liscene agreement people you dont like it go back to your crap xbox’s and stop crying. and people who compalin about sonys online service is stupid too dont like it go back to xbox and pay the 60 bucks a year for their online. sony has free online which is great ive never had a issue with it. and im a proud plus member it pays for itself after a couple of free games. i own every system plus 4 pc’s ranging from a netbook a laptop and 4 tower gaming systems you want lunix get a computer the ps3 is a entertainment system there is nowhere where it says its a personal computer. hackers modders are whats wrong with console gaming and they think they have the right to hack their property? well guess what its sonys system you violate their terms then you deserve to have your system and account banned simple. dont like it then dont use it there are plenty of people who are happy using the system for what it is intended for.


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+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:57 am said:

you all are just uneducated on the subject. read up and maybe then your opinion will change. and i think its funny not one of you Sony supporters will acknowledge the fact that Sony are pirates themselves. Do some reading then come back and flame me if you want. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.


547

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 10:58 am said:

I own GT5. bought and paid for. but i wont play it online. therefore im not subject to any [DELETED] agreement


548

+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 11:00 am said:

Sony steals! Come on Sony supporters say something about that.


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+ Gi12R on February 17th, 2011 at 11:01 am said:

OTHER OS !! WANT BACK !!!!!!!! THIEFS !


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+ dd_900 on February 17th, 2011 at 11:03 am said:

Ever heard of softmod? if sony bans consoles they are gonna be shelling out new ones for warranty reasons.


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