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Sony Targets PS3 Hackers With Anti-Piracy Legal Team

Sony is not going easy into that good night. Not when it comes to hacked PS3s...

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Sony continues to arm itself as they are pulling out all the stops in order to combat what they view as piracy across the PlayStation 3 platform.

Saving the “who’s right” discussion for another day, it’s clear that, critics and questions about the definition of ownership be damned, Sony is out for blood when it comes to cracking down on those trying to hack or jailbreak a PS3.  Besides going after existing hackers, armed with a judicial system that appears to favor Sony’s claims; firmware updates to block currently-successful hacks; PlayStation Network bans; and the apparent development of an “unhackable” PS3; they’re also working on another weapon to use in their little war:

An anti-piracy legal team.

Meanwhile, XBox developers encourage owners to hack the Kinect, but I digress.  BusinessInsider.com found some job listings over at SCEA that mentioned the creation of such a legal team.

“This position will be responsible for assessing annual SCEA corporate anti-piracy needs and addressing the needs through developing and implementing an anti-piracy program in consultation with the Deputy General Counsel and the General Counsel and collaborating with other anti-piracy organizations…”

Not only is Sony being incredibly headstrong about what they consider a hack attempt, which, to Sony, is tantamount to pirating PS3 games — their true concern here — they are also receiving outspoken support from game developers who don’t appear to understand the concepts of ownership either; or, worse yet, they’re willing to disregard them in order to ensure financial gain.

David Braben is one such developer: "Buying a PlayStation 3 does not give me unrestricted ownership of it. If I ‘dig’ into it, I can’t just sell or even give away all the information I find."  Braben goes on to say that people who broadcast PlayStation 3 hacking methods should be condemned.

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I’m guessing that sound logic doesn’t apply to Kevin Butler.

Sony Targets PS3 Hackers With Anti-Piracy Legal Team
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  • dr who

    Let me guess you pro hacking and support geohot my guess is that you don’t even have a ps3 or don’t play it much if your like most gamers yo would be pissed since they released the keys the hacks came pouring in.Geohot did it cause hes a media whore and then cries foul play when hes getting sued he has whats coming to him. What you don’t get is that sony is doing a great job with this it’s only negative pr to the hackers you ask anyone that doesn’t hack or cheat they will tell you hackers should be banned,charged,and/or convicted on the ps3. It us gamers that have to deal with firmware updates and not new features same goes for game patches for extra security i hope sony goes after damages and ruins geohot.

    • Chris Richardson

      Anymore generalizations you want to add about me? I do own a PS3, I don’t game online with it because PC multiplayer for ANY game is FAR, FAR, FAR superior. That being said, if you buy it, it’s yours, is it not?

      Or are you merely giving Sony the money for the right to use their console? If so, you’re only renting.

      If you get caught cheating on the PSN, I have no problem with your account getting banned. At the same time, however, it’s not Sony’s position — or anyone’s for that matter — to tell me what to do after the purchase is complete. That’s not the way the acquisition of goods works.

      • http://www.m3printing.com Barry Carr

        I agree…it’s very simple. A purchase is a purchase and a lease is a lease. I have the right to smash up my PS3 if I want to….why can I not wipe the harddrive or in this case modify the software for personal use? Where does it stop….am I allowed to put a sticker on the outside of the case? What about changing the color of the power led?

  • Guest

    I think we should all boycott sony for their ignorant stance! You know one of the things that piss me off? Ps3 games I can’t archive the saves or my creations like wwe sdvr 10 I can’t even copy my created wrestlers cause of “copyright protection” on the save! Totally stupid and lame!

  • James

    If Sony wins, this is dangerous, because other companies can follow suit and lock down products and stifle innovation.