Sony Has Released an Official Statement Regarding PS3 Circumvention Devices and Pirated Software


It looks like Sony is about to bring the “ban-hammer,” but is first issuing a warning.

“Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently. To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.”

We knew something like this was coming, but it’s great to see them announcing it before hand, so those that are truly just trying it out for “homebrew” don’t just immediately get banned.

The official announcement was posted on the official PSblog by Jeff Rubenstein, and is reprinted here for your convenience:

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment released the following statement:
Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.
To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.
What this means to you
Circumvention devices and game piracy damage our industry and can potentially injure the online experience for you, our loyal PlayStation customers, via hacks and cheats.
Many PlayStation.Blog readers have asked how we intend to deal with these incidents that they have been reading about in the gaming press, and this is our initial response.
By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.
Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear.

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Written by: Oly - Senior PR Manager


  1. #1 by Beastxjason on February 16th, 2011 [ 28406 Points ]

    Kevin Butler “powwww”

  2. #2 by Eddie on February 16th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    drop that hammer.

  3. #3 by pedro on February 16th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Finally!

  4. #4 by Steven on February 16th, 2011 [ 540 Points ]

    Beastxjason: Kevin Butler “powwww”  

    WIN!!

  5. #5 by Oly on February 16th, 2011 [ 132360 Points ]

  6. #6 by Ferrari on February 16th, 2011

    Hackers need to be banned for life.

    I hope Sony succeeds in this case and can really identify hackers and terminate them.

    Good luck Sony, I am and will always be on your side

  7. #7 by Eddie on February 16th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    it has begun…

    According to a popular hacking forum (name omitted) , some users are reporting that they have already been banned from the PSN network for trying to bypass the PSN login. The PS3 Bans seem to have occurred when users forged a login certificate and rerouting the PlayStation’s DNS addresses the users claim that they accessed the PSN from a jailbroken device. However, the users were quickly banned by the network. Upon recieving the ban, the users were treated to an error message :

    “You cannot use the PlayStation Network with this account (8002a227)”

    With Sony’s recent announcement, it’s unclear if the are banning users for attempting to circumvent the security of the PlayStation Network or they are banning for pirated software found on the console. Perhaps both.

  8. #8 by Kingx187x on February 16th, 2011

    Beastxjason have you removed all your stuff

  9. #9 by derrickgott007 on February 16th, 2011

    Hail to the king baby! The PS3 is back! Long live the king!

  10. #10 by Eddie on February 16th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Looks like they are doing it very friendly for some people.

    “PS. You only get a mail when they know you have CFW, they asked me to stop using any bypassing software and delete everything or else I will be banned. Sony is doing this user friendly.”

  11. #11 by Eddie on February 16th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    email being sent out:

    Important: Access to the PlayStation(R)Network and Access to Qriocity(TM) Services Notice

    Unauthorized circumvention devices for PlayStation(R)3 system have been recently released by hackers for the PlayStation(R)3 system. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software.

    Use of such devices or software violates the terms of your “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation(R)3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation(R)Network/Qriocity(TM) and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws.

    A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation(R)3 system.

    Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation(R)3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to PlayStation(R) Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation(R)3 system.

  12. #12 by Kane112 on February 16th, 2011 [ 34397 Points ]

    Glad they are giving people some warning before banning them

  13. #13 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on February 16th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    This is great news. Its just like what MS did with their 360s.

  14. #14 by TiredOfLies on February 16th, 2011

    This is not enough!

    Just like with the Xbox360’s, banning the machine is not enough! They need to completely confiscate and ban the USER ACCOUNTS (including games, DLC, and PSN credit purchased), the machines, and the hard drives contained within!

    Otherwise, the hackers will simply get other machines to continue their hacking upon, and Sony’s ban means nothing… just like M$’s.

  15. #15 by Markus on February 16th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    About damn time

  16. #16 by anonymoose on February 17th, 2011

    i wonder if people using the PS3 ONLY for homebrew and never touch a cheat/hack or pirate games will be free from this?

    hopefully SONY has a system that can separate legit homebrew users from the people actually doing bad things…just would suck if I can’t hack my ps3 to make it more fun for me with homebrew and stuff to make my ps3 look cool and such since im not doing any online hacking/cheating or robbing games…jus sayin

  17. #17 by TiredOfLies on February 17th, 2011

    First, let me say I am all for the perma-bans of anyone using modded hardware in online gaming. If what I read was correct, people are banned at the account and machine level – this is great news!

    anonymoose: i wonder if people using the PS3 ONLY for homebrew and never touch a cheat/hack or pirate games will be free from this?hopefully SONY has a system that can separate legit homebrew users from the people actually doing bad things…just would suck if I can’t hack my ps3 to make it more fun for me with homebrew and stuff to make my ps3 look cool and such since im not doing any online hacking/cheating or robbing games…jus sayin  

    The only thing you can do now is make sure your homebrew modded PS3 never connects to the internet, or has f/w written to never contact Sony servers…. oh, and remember the warranty is also voided.

    As far as Sony is concerned, you are a consumer (read: “thief”), and will be banned regardless of intended use. I agree with the ban not due to the idea of piracy, but as a general measure to ensure no hacked / cheating boxes like on Xbox Live. I got so tired of reporting obviously hacked games and players due to ridiculous feats, and seeing nothing else happening.

    Remember: NO ONE is to change ANYTHING on the piece of hardware Sony graciously allows you to buy (you thief) – just buy games, go to PS Home, and buy more games (you thief). Anything else beyond the allowed activities of the XMB is considered theft, hacking, piracy (whether or not you’re actually doing it), and they want to find where you live so they can slap you with a ridiculous lawsuit even though you’re a grandma without a gaming unit or 6 year-old girl…. Oh wait, that is the RIAA, isn’t it? Well, no matter – same attitude.

  18. #18 by anonymoose on February 18th, 2011

    sooooo i purchased a product to do whatever i want with it…and you’re saying i cant hack it…im not doing anything illegal…im just messing around with my ps3 (just like iphone and jailbreaking an iphone is legal)…..

    anyways i dont have a hacked ps3…but it is funny when anti-pirates think everyone hacking stuff is “TEH EVILZ PERMAB&Z OMFDSFWGODS”….seriously im all for banning pirates…but ONLY pirates…people who use it legit for just homebrew to add cool features to PS3 don’t deserve the grief…seriously

  19. #19 by D2ARK on February 18th, 2011 [ 150 Points ]

    anonymoose: sooooo i purchased a product to do whatever i want with it…and you’re saying i cant hack it…im not doing anything illegal…im just messing around with my ps3 (just like iphone and jailbreaking an iphone is legal)…..anyways i dont have a hacked ps3…but it is funny when anti-pirates think everyone hacking stuff is “TEH EVILZ PERMAB&Z OMFDSFWGODS”….seriously im all for banning pirates…but ONLY pirates…people who use it legit for just homebrew to add cool features to PS3 don’t deserve the grief…seriously  

    Apparently, sarcasm is lost on you….

    I fully support Sony banning hacked PS3’s and accounts attempting to connect to the actual online services in order to prevent cheats and mods… and all it takes to go from being a mindful “hacker” to a “pirate” or “cheat modder” is a change of attitude if custom f/w is already installed. So, yes, I do indeed stand behind Sony’s perm-banning of all modded machines and accounts thereon which attempt to connect to PSN for any reason. They’re doing more with that single difference than anything M$ has ever done on XBL!

    I also fully support the individual’s right to do whatever the hell he or she wishes to do to the item they purchased. If you want to hack / mod your PS3 to run homebrew, feel free – it does not affect me one way or another… just keep in mind all warranties are void and the item is non-returnable once modded. However, if you try to use that same PS3 to connect to a legitimate and monitored service which attempts to keep the spirit of “good gameplay as intended” alive and use cheats or mods to destroy my enjoyment of the game I purchased and wish to play for the challenge as designed, then I wish to see nothing more than your swift eviction from the gaming community of which you are no longer are a fair member.

    Hypothetically, if I have a custom f/w modded PSP I use for mobile emulation (and I own the original games) which never will connect to Sony’s servers again, and another with the latest firmware which I use for legitimately-bought games I’ve downloaded off of PSN with MediaGo, what’s the ultimate situation? The custom PSP is NOT running any type of PSP release from PSN or on UMD, so is there any real harm or loss of revenue? No, as a matter of fact, I own 2 PSP’s instead of one, meaning another PSP hardware sale!

    The point I was trying to make is: Regardless of what is done with them (innocuous or not), Sony’s attitude has always been “They’re OUR machines, we let you use them, now buy games! If you alter them in any way, shape, or form, then in our eyes you are a pirate & thief, because as far as we are concerned, the only reason to alter our ‘perfect and extensive’ list of features we allow you to have on our devices is because you ARE going to steal from us, not because our feature list is poor and bare-bones compared to our competition!”

  20. #20 by Captiosus on February 18th, 2011 [ 20 Points ]

    Aw man, I’m missing a good argument.

    anonymoose: sooooo i purchased a product to do whatever i want with it…and you’re saying i cant hack it…im not doing anything illegal…im just messing around with my ps3 (just like iphone and jailbreaking an iphone is legal)…..anyways i dont have a hacked ps3…but it is funny when anti-pirates think everyone hacking stuff is “TEH EVILZ PERMAB&Z OMFDSFWGODS”….seriously im all for banning pirates…but ONLY pirates…people who use it legit for just homebrew to add cool features to PS3 don’t deserve the grief…seriously  

    A couple of things in your post are quite incorrect.

    When you purchase a device you can’t “do whatever you want with it”. Oh, you can do whatever you want with the hardware, yes, but bear in mind this means you have to wipe every piece of software off every piece of hardware and replace it with software you have coded yourself. To put this in PC terms, when you buy a motherboard you get a chip which contains the BIOS. BIOS is a software interface which provides core level access to your motherboard’s internal routines. Yes, you own the chip on which the software is placed, but you don’t own the BIOS software itself. So if you modify BIOS and the BIOS manufacturer decides what you have done is a credible threat to their continued operation, they can, and likely will, come after you in a civil court.

    To that end, it’s technically a violation of copyright law to “jailbreak” the iPhone. The only reason you don’t hear anything about it is because Apple immediately got in front of it and said: “Hey, you know, if you want to do this, that’s fine, but you’ll immediately, and permanently, lose all support from us, and if you brick your phone, tough.” They put this policy in place the minute jailbreaking became known because it was easier, and cheaper, than litigating. Sony is well within their rights to come after people like Geohot and FailOverflow for what they did because they are impacting the software routines on the hardware. The whole concept of “custom firmware” is a legal sham because, at its core, custom firmware still uses the basic subroutines in place by Sony so the console can still operate as a “console”.

    There are a ton of misconceptions on the web about copyright and intellectual property law, usually around the topics of Fair Use and First Sale Doctrine. Things like hacking a system and using some of the core, closed source, routines for custom firmware don’t fall into either category. If someone was really crafty and wrote their own firmware from the ground up and it allowed the PS3 to play games, Sony would have no legal standing – but let’s be honest. Any custom firmware that still allows PS3 playback functionality isn’t really custom, it’s modified from Sony’s own, copyrighted, source.


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