Sony: We will ban any PS3 hackers

By Hayley Tsukayama
Thursday, February 17, 2011; 9:37 AM

Sony's getting serious in its fight against Playstation 3 hackers, issuing a statement Wednesday that anyone caught with unauthorized or pirated software will be permanently banned from the PlayStation network and from using Qrocity services through the PS3.

On PlayStation.Blog, social media manager Jeff Rubenstein said the company is responding to comments they've heard from customers who are concerned about "incidents that they have been reading about in the gaming press."

That mention of "incidents" undoubtedly refers to Sony's current legal battle with PS3 hacker George Hotz, who released code for the PS3 intended to allow users to put other operating systems on their consoles. Sony says the code encourages piracy, and Hotz was asked to turn over all of his computers to Sony by a California court.

Here's Sony's statement in full, via PlayStation.Blog:

"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 License 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."

In his post, Rubenstein said that "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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