Sony Oz mod chip dongle ban hearing delayed
Defeat will set 'dangerous precedent', says co-defendant
The ban granted to Sony against three Australian companies who had been offering PSJailbreak, a USB dongle that lets PS3 owners play ripped game discs, has been extended.
The defendants - mod chip sellers OzModChips, Mod Supplier and Quantronics - were today due their opportunity to challenge the temporary injunction ordered against the product, but the presiding judge, Justice Kenny, was unable to attend, forcing an adjournment.
The hearing will instead take place on Friday, 3 September, this time under Justice Dodds-Streeton - the judge who agreed to Sony's request for a temporary injunction last week.
Interestingly, in addition to Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is also registered as a plaintiff.
Meanwhile, co-defendant OzModChips was this weekend defiant, and warned that a Sony victory would have far-reaching implications.
“This [fight] is not OzModChips Vs Sony. This is not OzModChips, Quantronics, Modsupplier Vs Sony. We would go as far as saying that is not even everyone in Australia Vs Sony. This will effect everyone that plans to buy such a device world wide,” the company said online.
“It already sets a dangerous precedent. Everyone that was using OtherOS, everyone that has had a faulty PS3 laser and those interested in PS3 custom firmware and homebrew applications. We cannot do it alone, we need the support of everyone the homebrew community, the media, engineers that understand the inner workings and anyone else that can provide support.”
According to OzModChips, PSJailbreak "tricks your console into thinking that it is a developer unit", a version of the PS3 that is rather more flexible than the one sold to punters, allowing 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. ®
Dangerous precident indeed.
What they are effectively saying is that (for example), should Ford so decide, they could make it illegal for you to plug an iPod into the power socket of the car to charge it or that Apple could actually make it illegal for you to add an anti-scratch sticker to your iPhone.
If a court decides that someone cannot do whatever they like with a product that they purchased they purchased then the court has, effectively, handed control of the judicial system over to a private company to do with it as it wishes.
So, the question is, why are governments of so called democracies giving companies ownership of the law?
Firstly, ripping the contents of a game to hard disk vastly speeds loading times.
Games are expensive, and discs get lost or scratched. Yes, Blu-ray too. The odds of either happening are vastly reduced if you only use the disc occasionally.
Sony PS3s are notorious for frequently breaking optical drives. Sony also charge more than £100 to replace what is essentially, a £20 blu-ray reader.
This also opens up the potential for "bedroom programming". Something that has been long, long lost amongst the endless parade of stale sequels.
These are not the veiled arguments of a pirate attempting to defend his illegal ways, these are the legitimate reasons I have not bought a console since 1998.
Yours sincerely, a lost customer.
Why not sell them as kits?
These could be sold outright as kits or as 'some construction required' so, as sold, they are fit for no purpose.
Alternatively a kit could contain everything except for a ROM/PROM/whatever which could be shipped separately by another company.
If people buy product they should be free to use it for whatever they want. Of course, I am not an iPhan.