PS3 Terms of Service Change – Might Want to Read…[UPDATE]


In the UK Terms of Service clause for the PS3, there have been a few changes made. This doesn’t really affect anyone but people who share log-in information between PS3s to download titles to multiple PS3s. Here’s from the actual Terms of Service:

PlayStation®Store Download items

  • In-game items or content that you have purchased may be downloaded from PlayStation®Store. Pursuant to the particular terms of use that govern a specific in-game item or content you have purchased, you may use that item or content on up to three (3) different PlayStation®3 systems that have been activated for your account. You may deactivate or activate specific PlayStation®3 systems, as long as the maximum activated number of PlayStation®3 systems for your account at any given time is three (3).
  • There are two sets of usage schemes for content, corresponding to two categories of in-game items and other content that you purchase.
    • The first category, called Network Content, can only be accessed by one activated PlayStation®3 system per day and only by the account through which the Network Content was purchased. Network Content cannot be used on two different PlayStation®3 systems within a twenty-four (24) hour period.
    • The second category, called Local Content, once installed on a PlayStation®3 system by the account that purchased it, can be accessed by other accounts on that same PlayStation®3 system.

Biggest changes, according to that, is that content, besides the Local Content, can only be used on 3 activated systems at a time. Those who have 5 systems activated shouldn’t have to worry about that unless one is deactivated, in which case you wouldn’t be able to reactivate it. They will still be affected by the one download every 24 hours deal, though.

As far as the US Terms of Service, which is a hell of a lot longer, I was unable to locate their maximum number of allowed PS3s to be activated, nor how many times content can be downloaded in a given time frame. From the looks of it, though, only the UK ToS have been changed, but just in case, keep this change in mind!

UK Software Usage Terms/Source

UPDATE
Turns out, the 3 activated systems was a typo, so that’s still 5, but the 1 download per day is true.

Source

UPDATE #2
Here is the email UK accounts should be receiving to let you know about the changes made. Apparently, the privacy policy had been changed as well.

UPDATE #3
After reading through it a couple times, Network Content sounds like movie rentals, since it’s only available for a limited amount of time after purchase. US movie rentals work the same way, seeing as they are only available on one system for a fixed amount of time. In other words, it more reflects the way the US Terms of Service are laid out. As far as purchased movies, that should be considered Local Content, in which those can be shared between 5 registered PS3s. In other words, nothing to worry about! Sorry for the scare folks :lol:.


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by Fleakitten on November 25th, 2009

    I was wondering when Sony was going to crack down on game sharing. One person buying a PSN game and sharing it with 5 of his/her friends has to be cutting in on Sony’s profits.

  2. #2 by hobbes on November 25th, 2009 [ 30476 Points ]

    i mainly share with 1 friend, and i do believe we’ve both bought more games due to this as well though.

  3. #3 by hobbes on November 25th, 2009 [ 30476 Points ]

    hmm, i just read somewhere that it’s actually 24hrs of playing. So if i play game X on ps3 in house 1, then i have to wait 24hrs before i can play game x in house 2, which sucks… oh well

  4. #4 by JimmyMagnum on November 25th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    anyone here share between PS3s in the UK to test that theory out (because that’s what it sounds like it is saying in the Usage Terms as well)? That was another thing that struck me.

  5. #5 by hobbes on November 25th, 2009 [ 30476 Points ]

    i don’t see this in the USA, gonna test it out hopefully in a bit with a friend. This wasn’t the case with braid best i could tell.

  6. #6 by Emrah on November 25th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    “can only be accessed by one activated PlayStation®3 system per day and only by the account through which the Network Content was purchased.”

    This blows. Less PSN purchases from me and my brother, because we split the games costs. Now, we’ll buy much less, rest assured, Sony. This is what you get with digital content delivery. Your rights can be revoked at any given time.

  7. #7 by Emrah on November 25th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    This also means, you cannot access the game from another account in your PS3. Bought Critter Crunch? You should also buy it for your children if they want to keep their identity when playing the game. This really, really blows.

  8. #8 by Emrah on November 25th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    “The second category, called Local Content, once installed on a PlayStation®3 system by the account that purchased it, can be accessed by other accounts on that same PlayStation®3 system.”

    Sorry for jumping the gun, so the games you buy are deemed local content.

  9. #9 by hobbes on November 25th, 2009 [ 30476 Points ]

    when did the uk’s terms change? The us terms are still from 2008.

  10. #10 by hobbes on November 25th, 2009 [ 30476 Points ]

    yah, the network content i think is things such like subscriptions, MAG beta did this. At least that’s how i read this.

  11. #11 by Emrah on November 25th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    They must be things like movies / videos and such..

  12. #12 by JimmyMagnum on November 25th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    UK’s usage terms were changed within the last couple days. I just received an email stating they were changed (the email address I used to create my euro PSN account). Here’s the email in full:

    Dear PlayStation(R)Network user

    When you registered for PlayStation(R)Network, you accepted our Terms of Service and User Agreement and our Privacy Policy. The Terms of Service and User Agreement contains important provisions about your activity in PlayStation(R)Network and your purchases from PlayStation(R)Store. The Privacy Policy explains what personal data we collect from you and how we use it.

    We have recently made some changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy to improve them and to reflect updates to the services available on PlayStation(R)Network.

    We encourage you to review our updated Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy at http://eu.playstation.com/legal. If you have access to the PlayStation(R)Store, you can also view them via the links at the foot of every page of the PlayStation(R)Store.

    The revised Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy will apply to all future use of PlayStation(R)Network by you and your Sub Accounts.

    Thank you,

    PlayStation Network Europe Limited


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