Sony granted PS3 modchip dongle ban Down Under
See you in court, mate
Sony's Australian wing has successfully asked the Federal Court to ban the importation and sale of the PS Jailbreak USB dongle.
Local mod chip sellers OzModChips, Mod Supplier and Quantronics, both of whom were offering the PS Jailbreak gadget, will have to stop doing so and hand over their stock of the devices to Sony.
The ban is time-limited: Sony has until 31 August - next Tuesday - to persuade the Court to implement the ban permanently. To do so, it will have to show that the dongle goes beyond the console modifications made legal by a 2005 Supreme Court ruling.
The PS Jailbreak dongle is claimed to allow PS3 owners to rip games to external hard drives from where the titles can subsequently be loaded and played without the original disc being present. ®
Can you imagine...
What if they did this with CDs and stopped you being able to rip them to computers?
And cue the sanctimonious twats that think everyone who wants to hack, mod or jailbreak their equipment only wants to do so in order to play copies. I have an original Xbox, that is modded, fitted with a larger HD, runs XBMC and has my games loaded onto the HD (no disc required) and is a cracking little media centre. I own not one illegal game for it, but all my originals are in tip top condition because I don't use them. Any PC game I buy, the first thing I will do is try and get a no-cd patch. I have a modded PSP, which means I can put several games on one memory stick, instead of messing about with the UMD's. Now cue fast forward to my son's XBOX 360 which isn't modded and requires the disk even after a HD install. So far two games ring scraped because he moved it accidentally. I spend and have spent a lot of money on games, but if I can mod something that will be improved by the modification then I'm going to do it, but just because I do, does NOT make me a freetard.
Not really. If sony can show...
If Sony can show that the device or the application that is distributed with it use anything that is unlicensed the device will be perma-banned.
Needs more bad press!
David Webb, of Sony PR wrote thusly:
" I hope Sony ships code with all future games that detects if the device is a dev console, if it isn't and is in dev mode, brick said console."
Because what Sony really need, after having bolloxed up peoples PCs with their drm, left people needing to purchase new DVD players to get around their spec breaking drm and before that CD players for much the same is, after all that, to fuck up peoples games consoles for using 3rd party mod they don't like.
It appears that to make this law valid, it should no longer be legal to backup your data....
Looks like Sony will fail in trying to make this permanent.