Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:52 UTC
Games I've often harped on Apple for its policy regarding jailbreaking, but of course, Apple isn't the only company engaging in such practices. We already talked about Motorola, and now, we have Sony - already a company with a checkered past when it comes to consumer rights. As it turns out, Sony don't want you jailbreaking your their Playstation 3.
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Ownership or Rental?
by Kivada on Wed 8th Sep 2010 08:01 UTC
Kivada
Member since:
2010-07-07

If I'm paying $300 I own it and can do with it whatever I like.

If it's a rental service as their actions imply then they have no business charging $300 just as a cable or satellite company doesn't make you buy the receiver outright. Thus I have no right to modify it.

They need to figure this shit out and do it fast.

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RE: Ownership or Rental?
by nt_jerkface on Wed 8th Sep 2010 09:06 in reply to "Ownership or Rental?"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

You do own it.

You are free to take a piss on it and then set it on fire.

It isn't a rental.

But if you want to use their private network service then you need to apply the update.

You own the box but not the service.

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RE[2]: Ownership or Rental?
by Moredhas on Wed 8th Sep 2010 09:19 in reply to "RE: Ownership or Rental?"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

And here's an interesting scenario. Lots of threads in this story have ended with some variation of "you own the device but not the service". Personally, I think the Playstation market plain sucks, about the only aspect of PSN I use is the game hosting. So, would it be illegal for another company to provide an alternative to PSN? I'm sure the terms of service would say so, but ToS aren't laws, and if you aren't using their service, what do their terms matter?

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RE[2]: Ownership or Rental?
by Kivada on Wed 8th Sep 2010 09:35 in reply to "RE: Ownership or Rental?"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Now here's the thing, if I own it then why am I not allowed to backup my game discs, load an alternative OS and hack away to my heart's content and share what I have done? If the device is mine then it's none of Sony's business what hackery I use to achieve these ends.

But since they don't want to let anyone do these things anymore then they must be selling a service and not a product, thus they can refund the cost of the console.

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