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Sony Blocks Distribution of PS3 Modchips

Quick to act against the PS Jailbreak, Sony has made steps to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand. It’s not a new firmware update, though. For now, they’re targetting the modchips that make the hack possible. As of Aug 27, 2010, they’ve managed to secure a temporary injuction from Australia’s Federal Court, blocking the sale and importation of the new PS3 modchips.

With this temporary injunction, Sony will have until August 31st to convince the courts that modchips should be made illegal. Until then, distributors are prohibited from selling them. If they’re successful, then a permanent ban on the devices will be enacted. If not, modchips go back in business by September 1st.

In 2005, however, an Australian court ruling made the sale of modchips legal in Australia. That’s not exactly iron-clad, seeing as Nintendo managed to outlaw R4s to protect the DS from piracy. I’ll keep you guys posted on what happens next.

[via Kotaku]