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Sony Oz mod chip dongle ban hearing delayed

Defeat will set 'dangerous precedent', says co-defendant

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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. ®

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