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A San Francisco District Court judge ruled on Friday in favour of PlayStation emulator developer Bleem and rejected Sony Computer Entertainment's move to block sales of the emulator, also called Bleem. Sony launched its legal action against Bleem as part of its current policy to prevent any developer shipping software that runs PlayStation software (see Sony's anti-emulation action comes to court). That policy began when Sony announced back in January that it was evaluating legal action against Connectix for its Mac-based PlayStation emulator, Virtual GameStation (VGS). The company quickly followed that announcment with a legal move to block sales of VGS until its complaint against Connectix -- that the by shipping VGS, the emulator developer violated Sony copyrights and intellectual property and promoted software piracy -- could be judged. Connectix denies all Sony charges. A preliminary hearing of Sony's main suit against Connectix was also scheduled to take place on Friday -- also at the San Francisco District Court. However, it's not yet known what the outcome of that hearing was. ® See also Connectix plans Windows launch for PlayStation emulator Dissecting Sony's Game PlayStation emulator wins first round against Sony

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