Sony releases piracy statement saying they will ban all hackers

Earlier today Sony Computer Entertainment released a statement regarding PlayStation 3 circumvention devices and pirated software. The statement below goes into detail about what will now happen to any user that violates the terms of service and user agreements for both the PlayStation Network and Qriocity, the subscription based music service from Sony.

Important Access to the PlayStation Network and Access to Qriocity Services 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.

As of today, anyone that violates the agreement by using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software their PlayStation 3 will lose access to both the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services permanently.

There are no details on how Sony now detects the tampering of PlayStation 3 hardware, firmware or software, but the recently released 3.56 firmware for the console did add some additional security features which enabled the banning of many Call of Duty: Black Ops hackers and cheats.

A harshly worded, but fair post on the official PlayStation blog goes on to state that not only does the piracy of PlayStation 3 software cause harm for developers, but it also affects online games, thanks to hacks and cheats that have started to see the light of day recently. This is especially true in games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, which has seen numerous issues ever since its release late last year.

Sony has decided to take legal action against the hackers that were able to exploit the PlayStation 3 operating system into running 'homebrew' and pirated software, which worked by accessing root keys or "special codes" in the OS that validated any game or application as genuine.

Sony also had to deal with a leak of Killzone 3 onto the Internet this week, nearly 2 weeks before its official release. The highly anticipated Killzone 3 is the third installment in the first-person shooter series, developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The title is set to hit store shelves on February 22 in North America and February 25 in Europe as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

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Would be good if Sony just allowed a legit path for homebrew & brought back other OS, then there would be no -legitimate- need for these hacks, and less people would need to make them...
Ban those using hacks for cheating in games/piracy instead of everybody else...

I have always waited for the day when , rather than just me misreading 'Privacy Statement' again , it actually is written 'Piracy Statement'

Ehhhh. The harshness in the idea is kinda lame overall.
Knowing Sony's track record though, they're gonna screw something up and end up accidentally banning a truckload of legitimate users. Or they'll get sued over this.

They can do what they like, it's their service, you do not have the right to use it if you break the terms and conditions.
You CAN hack your console though, that's cool, just don't expect PSN.

coth said,
That's illegal. The one who owns a legal version of PS is able to do everything he want, including decompiling of operating system.
Civil Code Part 4, Section VII, Chapter 70 Author's rights, Article 1280, Point 1, Subpoint 1.
http://civil-code.narod.ru/ch69-art1280.html

You are correct, but giving you access to PSN or Qriocity is not part of that, they can ban you for using non approved equipment.

hotdog963al said,
They can do what they like, it's their service, you do not have the right to use it if you break the terms and conditions.
You CAN hack your console though, that's cool, just don't expect PSN.

As it legal you can't use it as a clause for denying providing a service. You do not break any terms of conditions, as any points of the private contract that violates the law have no power. Law have higher priority than private ToC, NDA etc. Moreover it's stated additionally in the Consumer Protection Law, Article 16, Point 1 - points of contract that violates the law are not active. Consumer Protection Law, Article 16, Point 2 (comment) also says any kind of service from performer's profile should be offered by customer's request without any kind of demand to use/pay for something additional. That means you can't force customer to use an official firmware in order to have an access to PSN.

Been playing KZ3 multiplayer beta, it's pretty sweet. I left the single player demo downloading when I left for work this morning so I'll be hittin' that up when I get home.

too bad, one thing its homebrew and other its piracy and cheating....

what im really against with its the way sony doing and handle this issue, with constant removal and bugged firmwares the only one getting screwed its the legit users, the hackers its having it easier.

When its sony going to make improved firmware updates, like adding features that people request like cross game voice chat, .MKV support, Better browser among others.

While I'm not at all in favour of people hacking the system to cheat in games etc. this is a serious blow to innovation.

It was the homebrew crowd hacking Kinect that got Microsoft off their cans to expedite adding Kinect support to the PC and other devices, by showing them things they'd never considered doing on their own.

All this does is discourage the same innovation for the PS3, and we won't even get into advertising the system as being able to run other OS's like Linux back in the day, then removing an ability they used to sell consoles.

BAD BAD overreaction by Sony.

Better still is to leave the hackers alone, unless they interfere in someone else's game or bypass the copy protection on games or such, THEN hammer them into the ground.

Just get rid of the cheaters and trophy hoarders. Those are the only ones I'm more worried about. You can't stop those already with lower fw as they don't care for PSN or have I guess 'circumventive' means to get on still with lower fw...

timster said,
you mean pirates actually give a **** about PSN or Qriocity?

Well if they hacked Qriocity, there would be pirates and non-pirates using it, leading to bi-Qriocity!

PotatoJ said,
Thank you Sony. I will now stop hacking, and install an official firmware while deleting all backups.

jk


Might wanna check your emails, Sony have started to send out warnings to people who have been detected, this is the amnesty period... it's actually uncharacteristically nice of Sony. I guess they'll be handing out permabans soon enough.

Apparent warning email:
http://pastie.org/1572263

UHYVE said,

Might wanna check your emails, Sony have started to send out warnings to people who have been detected, this is the amnesty period... it's actually uncharacteristically nice of Sony. I guess they'll be handing out permabans soon enough.

Apparent warning email:
http://pastie.org/1572263

Wow are you seriously eating up their bull****? Give me a break!

UHYVE said,

Might wanna check your emails, Sony have started to send out warnings to people who have been detected, this is the amnesty period... it's actually uncharacteristically nice of Sony. I guess they'll be handing out permabans soon enough.

Apparent warning email:
http://pastie.org/1572263

Sony being nice? Yeah right, It's a scare tactic. There's been very few people that report being banned. And a lot of people say that they're still able to access PSN on Custom Firmware. So why just them for now and not the rest? Banning will force people to buy new systems. That's more money for them. They wouldn't pass that up. I've been playing online with CFW since CFW came out. I got the email. I'm not banned. And I'm still actively playing on PSN.

WJrandon said,
Where's the folks that were shouting piracy is a PC problem and killing that platform.

Haha. PC piracy have been "killing the PC platform" in the media and according to analysts since 1981. Meanwhile, we got Doom, Starcraft, Quake, Counterstrike, Civilization, Monkey Island, and a number of other fun games...

xbamaris said,
Anyone else have the feeling that the Killzone 3 leak has more to do with this than anything? Sony's ego is shot.

Maybe and you can't really blame them though. Shame too as Killzone 3 is a great game from what I've been playing and great in 3D!

flexkeyboard said,
Sony's arrogant deserve it. I hope geohot wasn't kiddin' when he said bring on the psp2.

An incredibly ignorant response, seeing as it's the *game publishers* that see the most damage from these exploits and piracy. How many more independent game studios need to go bankrupt before people like you wise up and realize piracy is deadly for many companies in the industry.

PeterTHX said,

An incredibly ignorant response, seeing as it's the *game publishers* that see the most damage from these exploits and piracy. How many more independent game studios need to go bankrupt before people like you wise up and realize piracy is deadly for many companies in the industry.

An incredibly ignorant response, seeing as it's the *users* that see the most damage from these locked down systems. How many more independent game studios need to go bankrupt before they realize that people want to mod and create their own games.

I get somewhat you're trying to say but it makes no sense. If we don't have people developing for these systems, then there would be no point in creating the consoles to begin with.

Don't quite understand why people are so keen to drop 100s of dollars on systems yet refuse to reward the actual developers for their work on the games.

**Not saying everyone who hacked their console is pirating game, but I wouldn't be surprised if the majority was.

Toysoldier said,

An incredibly ignorant response, seeing as it's the *users* that see the most damage from these locked down systems. How many more independent game studios need to go bankrupt before they realize that people want to mod and create their own games.


An incredibly ignorant response, seeing as it's *you* who are dreaming that everyone thinks like you. How many people really just want to make homebrew or download pirated games? How many people even know how to code a simple game?

PeterTHX said,

An incredibly ignorant response, seeing as it's the *game publishers* that see the most damage from these exploits and piracy. How many more independent game studios need to go bankrupt before people like you wise up and realize piracy is deadly for many companies in the industry.

Game companies don't go bankrupt because of piracy but because of attitude and circumvention devices that do nothing for the hacker but frustrate legit users. Take windows for instance. I had a legit copy of windows 7. I upgraded the virtual box. Windows detect a hardware change just because I assign this virtual machine more memory so now I have to be on the phone 30 min and enter a 100 digit number to reactivate. I turn around borrow a copy of win enterprise from a friend that got it from work. It doesn't even have the wga. Or he removed it with a hacker tool now I can do what ever I want with it. As long as I have a receipt for a copy of win 7 I am covered. So the point to all this babble is. Hackers feel nothing. Its the user that is not so knowledgeable that suffers and gives up on the product for harassment from the company. If some one generated a key and your game is disabled will you ever purchase another game from that manufacturer? So when sony starts this crime and punishment game is the day they dug their own grave. Its just when they are going to fall in the grave and be buried. Its a matter of time now.

Toysoldier said,

An incredibly ignorant response, seeing as it's the *users* that see the most damage from these locked down systems. How many more independent game studios need to go bankrupt before they realize that people want to mod and create their own games.


lolwut? Don't pretend all this piracy is in the name of creative freedom, it's about stealing and nothing more.