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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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+ cortiz2092000 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:04 pm said:

so sony should be happy because of this issue they have seen ps3 sales go through the roof…


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+ zekececil14 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

@Generalplot
Yes, but thats the problem. If Sony wanted to let you run hombrew games, which is perfectly fine, that would require you to have certain information that would make it VERY easy to hack. For ever good intention there are 10 bad ones. They probably dont have a problem with homebrew, but because there are hackers the good guys will suffer.

Also, people cant keep blaming this on the removal of the OtherOS. It was removed because of people doing illegal things. Like I said, the good guy will suffer.

Again, WHY DO PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT FW UPDATES?!?! Do you really have no life to where you cant what like 1/2 an hour to update? I have slow internet, but it never takes that long. MAKE A SAMMICH! GET SOME SUN! CLEAN UP THE POP CANS IN YOUR ROOM! There are plenty of fun(or productive) things you can do in the ammount of time it takes to update. I for one took a big a$$ $h!t; and when I was done, BAM UPDATED!

END Common Sense/RANT


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+ thelastcaveman on February 16th, 2011 at 1:10 pm said:

@zekececil14 That is true. I would just say open up a new developmental market or something and let minor developers upload home brew to the PSN work in a free section or something. The could offer some free bees and charge a small nominal fee.


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+ Mamou on February 16th, 2011 at 1:12 pm said:

Please don’t stop with just the guys that Pirate. Please go after the cheaters as a whole and clean em out. PLEASE!


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+ mangu78 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:12 pm said:

GREAT! NOW FIX YOUR 1080P ISSUES WITH CERTAIN HDTV TV’S LIKE MY LG ,


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+ SolidusSnake01 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:21 pm said:

I support the fact that going after the cheaters in games and all that. But about PSP and homebrew stuff like SNES emulators we should have every right to do that to our system. We bought it they got their money for it we should be allowed to put things like SNES emulators on our PSP’s. Fully understand about the pirating of PSP games. The Japanese version of The 3rd Birthday has already been pirated. I’m no hacker so no one flame me saying I am. I’m not smart enough to do that stuff.


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+ LibertyXJustice on February 16th, 2011 at 1:24 pm said:

No more PSN? Wow, sounds a whole lot like when Sony reneged on their obligations and removed OtherOS.

Sure hope that I get my refund after the settlement.

-DotXProduct, still rockin’ the 3.41


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+ thepatriots on February 16th, 2011 at 1:25 pm said:

You should have said, if you run pirated PS3, or circumvent your PS3′s security, we will find you, we will ban you, and we will have our revenge.


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+ NoGodsOnlyMan on February 16th, 2011 at 1:25 pm said:

TAKE THEM OUT!@!!!!!!!!

hate those hackers, Sony delivers free online gaming and AAA exclusives , they EARNED their money and i like to pay for the content!


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+ Richlando on February 16th, 2011 at 1:26 pm said:

$ony wont endorse homebrew period..no money in doing so.


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+ Zombiewraz on February 16th, 2011 at 1:26 pm said:

mangu78 ive never heard of 1080p issues ive used my ps3 on 4 diffrent brand flat panels first was a lg tv 1080p was fine then i has a viewsonic 1080p was fine my first samsung was fine and my new 65″ samsung 3d is fine. what kind of issue is it? maybe its lgs issue and not sony’s I have had alot of issues with lg products they have alot of flakey products put out there the reason i got rid of my lg tv..


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+ Zombiewraz on February 16th, 2011 at 1:28 pm said:

liberty sony has no obligation to have other os on their system. its a entertainment system you want lunix do what most normal people do install it on a actual computer.


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+ cortiz2092000 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:29 pm said:

at 158 they should allow it. sony shouldnt be about money but they are


164

+ Rbrtchng on February 16th, 2011 at 1:31 pm said:

Yay. Go Sony!


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+ ChaosNYC on February 16th, 2011 at 1:31 pm said:

Jailbreak’n baby.
Sony makin up rules as they go along.
Im breakin em.
you
will
never
stop
it


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+ thelastcaveman on February 16th, 2011 at 1:32 pm said:

@Richlando “$ony wont endorse homebrew period..no money in doing so” Tell that to apple, yep… we got an app for that.

Theres always place for money to be made, you just got to try hard to find it.

Sony didn’t believe in the WII either and know the PlayStation move is an updated WII based system.

Point, Sony could make money out of it some how if they tried.


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+ LibertyXJustice on February 16th, 2011 at 1:32 pm said:

Zombiewraz:

That’s cute. Go read a book.

Sony sold a system meant for playing games and pushed certain features such as the ability to play bluray and the fact that other operating systems could be installed and utilized.

If Sony, today, said “by the way, bluray is a security issue, so we’re gonna cut it” it would be understandable that the end user should be concerned. I won’t waste too much time on here explaining the principles of consumer protection because the better part of the people on the official sony sites these days are either apologists or simply undereducated.

Suffice it to say, there’s a whole lot of legal trouble in the future for a certain manufacturer I know, and I’m willing to bet that they’ll be able to buy their way out of the mess that’s been created.


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+ neorudemovement on February 16th, 2011 at 1:32 pm said:

you really have to do something very soon. my friends & i have been really bothered by what has happened with MW1 & MW2. i own over 20 disc based games & a good 30+ psn titles…..but the main game we play on here is Modern Warfare. if the problems dont get fixed & we find we can go to the other console without those problems we will be leaving soon.

time to brick these peoples systems, im not playing.

we paid good money for all we have invested into our ps3 systems, we want this crap fixed asap!!!

we have been going thru pure crap online for at lest 2 months now, its not fair. get your $h!t in order!!!


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+ BlackwaterOwns on February 16th, 2011 at 1:33 pm said:

Good! Kick out the few that want to ruin the experience for the rest of us.
And keep PSN free!


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+ JDilinger on February 16th, 2011 at 1:37 pm said:

Enforcer_X, The entire reason OtherOS was removed on older systems was because of the actions of Geohot. OtherOS was no longer a secure platform as it was on the verge of being cracked. So stop spreading your lies.


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+ thelastcaveman on February 16th, 2011 at 1:38 pm said:

@BlackwaterOwns

It’s a rumor but I heard as the PSN keeps getting bigger its more costly for Sony, so not sure how long that might last. Hope they don’t go the Microsoft way…


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+ Zombiewraz on February 16th, 2011 at 1:41 pm said:

liberty its well with sonys right to remove other os dont like it dont use ps3 simple.


173

+ JDilinger on February 16th, 2011 at 1:42 pm said:

Can’t wait for the delicious tears of script kiddies to begin to fall.


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+ Sonny30 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm said:

I hope you ban their console and not just their PSN account.


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+ Haskell420 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:45 pm said:

It’s taken them, the hacking community what, 4 years to finally HACK the PS3. I mean, I don’t care what arguements are on each side, but just look at what these punks did to MW 2 Online MP.. they KILLED IT…what, do we have to look forward to this happening now with any future online MP? What’s next, killing Uncharted 2′s MP, or Resistance 3 MP?

The DEATH of Online Multi Player has begun


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+ Sneakassassin on February 16th, 2011 at 1:46 pm said:

Maybe sony could get rid of all the nerds using jailbroken ps3s on Socom:Confrontation.


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+ Look_Behind on February 16th, 2011 at 1:48 pm said:

I dont see what the problem is!
People say “hacking” but it technically isn’t, its modding MY console that I BOUGHT!

I dont mod my online games, so why should I get banned? Im not doing anything to Sonys servers. Im not ruining the experience for anyone else, people dont know I’m using a modded console.

There is no real reason for banning people; if Sony do find someone modding an online game or causing ill effects to their servers, then yes ban them, but if they dont cause any problems, leave them. I myself have been using a CFW but I have been buying PSN games/DLC (Rockband dlc ftw :D ), so banning someone who mods is losing Sony money on the Store.


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+ HolmWrecker on February 16th, 2011 at 1:49 pm said:

Cause and effect kiddies, cause and effect. For all you whiners about the OS being gone and other changes: When you sign up for the PSN, they CLEARLY state if you don’t agree to ALL their terms, do not play the PS3. It also says Sony can change anything they want for ANY or NO reason. You have NO right to play at all. It’s an agreement between you and Sony, the same as a contract. You can’t agree to something then whine and cry when they change anything as the agreement YOU agree’d to.


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+ MadMeat001 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:50 pm said:

ANY NEW NGP ANNOUNCEmENT??


180

+ jacksraging on February 16th, 2011 at 1:51 pm said:

Good it hurts the industry, I hate the “we deserve stuff free” attitude.


181

+ Haiku_OS on February 16th, 2011 at 1:51 pm said:

Sony, I salute you for warning beforehand.


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+ Hapexamendios_2 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:53 pm said:

This Is complete BS, Sony can do what they want to whom they want and we can do nothing about it. I think not.
This has nothing to do with piracy this is about SCEA saying you cant do what you want with what you own. I bought two launch 60gb PS3′s with the ability to 1)Install another OS, 2) Play games online for free. Then update 3.41 comes out and I’m told I have to pick one of those options(again BS).So I buy another PS3 to play online, then update 3.42 comes out and my external HD stops working because of a security update (which they said nothing about the fact that the update was to kill some USB devices.
Now 3.56 is out with another security update, and they dont tell you whats in it, well from what I’ve seen it has a root kit in it that gives Sony more control over “our” PS3′s without our knowledge…. I could go on and on about the BS they are pulling, I won’t be updating, playing online, or visiting this site anymore, so I guess I no longer am bound by the TOS. So with that being said. Eat Me Sony.


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+ DarkRecoil on February 16th, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

dont just ban them for life, PERMANENTLY CRIPPLE THEIR PS3!


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+ captcarl13 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:56 pm said:

I agree with #114 to the fullest extent.


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+ saintaqua on February 16th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

I am completely for this.
It should also cut back on security updates and should have been implemented before.
I can see it being a problem for used game system sellers if a console is permanently banned, unless maybe that can be worked around somehow, but whatever. :)

I can’t wait to read the angry threats and comments when those trolls and hackers who ruined the COD:MW games ( I don’t play them thank goodness) sign in as this is implemented and learn they are forever blocked, and if they are dumb enough to go out and waste money on a console to try it again, I think it will be hilarious when they get banned again.

Best case will be that they will learn from their mistakes and either keep their stupid hacking offline or that they will get lives and stop cheating and ruining everyone’s experience.

Trophy crackers have to be the lamest of all…why cheat to earn a score, especially a virtual one?

Good luck and please do this the right way.


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+ eironman23 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

RULES!!!!!


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+ cortiz2092000 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

yes this rootkit can get sony in trouble like it did long ago with their compaq disc….

it invades our privacy… and what if a sony emply gets fired and somehow he has our imformation everything about us… like our credit cards and all that… sony implemented the root kit without our knowledge…


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+ eironman23 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

HOMEBREW RULES!!!


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+ eironman23 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:58 pm said:

GEO HOT RULES!!!


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+ SolidusSnake01 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:58 pm said:

@174
I agree with that.


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+ cortiz2092000 on February 16th, 2011 at 1:58 pm said:

employee is what i ment to write


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+ saintaqua on February 16th, 2011 at 2:00 pm said:

I wish the hackers and cheaters on this page would just shut up….
No one forces you to sign in on a modded system.
No one forces you to steal games and hack games so you can have all weapons unlocked.
And definitely no one forces you to hack a game to troll and screw others over.
I’m glad you’ll all be banned. You’re not supporting the company anyhow, so you have nothing to complain about and you are entitled to NOTHING. :D


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+ Look_Behind on February 16th, 2011 at 2:00 pm said:

@179

Feel your pain man. I did actually use the Other OS, because at the time I didnt have a laptop. And yes I do use linux, I have 1 Laptop with Windows 7 on and one with Ubuntu (Linux for the newbs out there). So basicly I had to buy another laptop so I could get linux, and yes I do run linux and windows 7 side by side because I use Linux as a server now.

Total [DELETED]. Imagen Ford (somehow) updating their cars so you cant change the tires because they dont want people using dangerous tires.


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+ pollotata on February 16th, 2011 at 2:01 pm said:

Death to hackers Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh Good job sony. start it now


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+ saintaqua on February 16th, 2011 at 2:01 pm said:

I don’t think we have to worry about that, Cortiz.
It could happen at any company, and any employee doing something like that would be burned bad.


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+ cortiz2092000 on February 16th, 2011 at 2:01 pm said:

i buy my games retail and on psn… but i found out that sony installed a rootkit after i had already updated to 3.56

and that pissed me off


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+ djpaetkau on February 16th, 2011 at 2:02 pm said:

While I’m a little disappointed – though not at all surprised – that there doesn’t seem to be any type of effort to foster a safe and reputable homebrew community (not everybody that wants to develop for it can afford a PS3 Development Kit), I’m definitely glad to see the banhammer come down on pirates and hackers ruining the online experience of some great games. I just hope that someday we can find a way to foster individual innovation (the kind that doesn’t lead to piracy and cheating).


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+ LibertyXJustice on February 16th, 2011 at 2:03 pm said:

Zombiewraz:

Like I said, just waiting for that refund.


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+ SolidusSnake01 on February 16th, 2011 at 2:03 pm said:

@189
I’m not smart enough to do that stuff. Don’t call people a hacker when don’t actually know whether they are or not. Not trying to sound like an ass.


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+ cortiz2092000 on February 16th, 2011 at 2:04 pm said:

I am worried especially since my info is there.. thats why i havent been online and when i am i just buy a psn card from a 711 and buy my stuff like that… but ur card info stays on my psn even after u removed the info


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