Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Mar 2010 17:51 UTC
Games That Sony is a company known for its rather... Unfortunate stance towards DRM and copyright infringement should come as no surprise to anyone, after they more or less crippled the MiniDisc format with DRM, installed rootkits on users' machines, and started removing features from the PlayStation 3. That last one doesn't seem to end well: George Hotz, the famous iPhone hacker and the first to crack the PS3's security, has vowed to bring Linux support back to the PS3.
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Of course you own the box...
by bile on Tue 30th Mar 2010 18:24 UTC
bile
Member since:
2005-07-08

"No, that PlayStation 3 isn't yours. You may have given Sony money, but that's it. This is how we do in the modern world, baby."

Yes, you do own your PS3. What you don't own is Sony's developers, servers, software, services, etc. They don't *owe* you particular features or services outside that which is contractually obligated. If you want to use PSN, etc. you have to go by their rules. Unless there was some breaking of contract (which I'm sure there isn't) then they've done nothing illegitimate.

Of course they shouldn't be able to stop people from using their box as they desire either. If CFW is released or a substitute PSN created Sony shouldn't be able to use government to stop you.

Edited 2010-03-30 18:25 UTC

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RE: Of course you own the box...
by senicar on Tue 30th Mar 2010 19:22 in reply to "Of course you own the box..."
senicar Member since:
2008-02-27

The thing is they are disabling features on your PS3 not on their servers. And they are doing it by "forcing" firmware update, because if you don't update your PS3 firmware you won't be able to use on-line services.

Edited 2010-03-30 19:24 UTC

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Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

First of all I think everybody should strongly denounce and opponent the artificial crippling of features, being it legal or not.

Second, the PS3 was advertised with a specific feature set. It includes the PSN services as well as the Install Other OS feature. If you make the consumer choose between them _after_ the purchase, you are not holding up to your claims on the product. There may very well be the possibility for legal action.

Edited 2010-03-30 19:45 UTC

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worldcitizen Member since:
2010-04-04

This is complete nonsense.

You buy the hardware with certain specifications so your the owner.
You can do what ever you want with it. If you'd create your own firmware it would be completely legal to put it on the is device.

You're confused with renting a product. That is indeed not yours. The advantage in this case with renting would be that you can cancel the contract right away as the changed the contract.
When you rent a product you're never the owner.

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