Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Nov 2013 22:49 UTC

Sony, June this year:

"PlayStation 4 won't impose any new restrictions on used games. This is a good thing," said Tretton, to huge applause from the audience in attendance. "When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to that copy of the game."

Sony's Software Usage Terms, updated today:

6.3. You must not lease, rent, sublicense, publish, modify, adapt, or translate any portion of the Software.

7.1. You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorised by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher.

Liars. Similar language has been found on the boxes of previous PlayStation models, but that's hardly a comfort.

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by Froyton on Tue 12th Nov 2013 14:39 UTC
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You will still be able to resell your PS4 discs.

It's understandable that people would start to panic over hearing news like this, especially in light of all the DRM fiascoes we've seen in recent years. However, it is really being blown out of proportion.

Sony is simply describing the way it's always been, not just for games, but also for movies, books and music. You don't own the creation; only the creators/publishers own it. What you are buying is the right to use it, e.g. the physical object that allows you to use it. When you resell a movie, book, game or music cd, you aren't selling the content - you're selling your right to use the content. That's why we've read legal verbiage that states you can keep a backup copy as long as you still have the original, but if you sell the original (e.g. your right to use the content) you're legally supposed to delete your backup.

If you buy a disc, you don't own the data - you can't copy it, alter it, act like it's your own and then sell it or distribute it for free - but you do own the right to use the data, and you are free to sell that right. That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it will continue to be for the PS4.

I wish Sony had the foresight to have worded it better, because their opponents are just going to eat this up and use it against them.

Edited 2013-11-12 14:41 UTC

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