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access_time December 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM in News by John Speerbrecker

“Linux” Lawsuit,You Have Been Dismissed

When the PlayStation 3 first had come out, there was an option to install another operating system to the console. Many console owners could install the new OS and develop homebrew applications and games to play on their custom PS3.

In April of 2010, Sony had updated the firmware on the PS3 which removed the option of installing another OS however, users were still able to use the installed “Other OS” as long as they did not update the firmware.  If they chose not to update the system, they would lose the ability to go online.

So when this happened a few people got together and decided to file a class action lawsuit against Sony alleging that the corporation had violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse act along with breaching the warranty agreement and other counts.

When this had happened, Sony had said,””These contracts specifically provide PS3 purchasers with a license, not an ownership interest, in the software and in the use of the PSN, and provide that SCEA has the right to disable or alter software features or terminate or limit access to the PSN, including by issuing firmware updates.”

Well, The judge ruled in favor of the mega-corporation and now the case is dismissed. The judge responded to the claims of the plaintiffs in this statement:

“[Almost] all of the counts are based on plaintiffs’ fundamental contention that it was wrongful for Sony to disable the Other OS feature, or, more precisely, to [force PS3 owners to decide between] permitting the Other OS feature to be disabled or forgoing their access to the PSN and any other benefits available through installing [the firmware].

“The flaw in plaintiffs’ [argument] is that they are claiming rights not only with respect to the features of the PS3 product, but also to have ongoing access to an internet service offered by Sony, the PSN.”

I find this sad and somewhat interesting at the same time. The Linux users that I happen to know are the most hardcore PC coders that I have ever met, and I just wish that their creativity would be allowed to flourish. I also understand that in Sony’s defense, there was a few bad apples out there that decided to just pirate software and play it on their hacked PS3s.

The most interesting part of it: The update that blocked the “Other OS” happened in April 2010. A year later in April 2011, Sony undergoes the biggest cyber-attack ever staged.  Conspiracies Theorize!



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