Sony Issues Official Statement On Piracy

Addressing the giant rapping elephant in the corner dripping with warez, Sony have issued an official statement regarding how they are responding to the recent circumvention of the PlayStation 3’s security.

The statement, in full, reads as follows:


Important Access to the PlayStation Network and Access to Qriocity Services 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.

As the post on the official site goes on to explain, what this means to you – if you’re a pirate that is – is the possibility of permanent removal from the PSN.

Is this statement a precursor to a massive ban hammer about to fall on those who have decided to avail of custom firmware on their PS3s? Whatever it is, it sure sounds like Sony are performing due diligence before any drastic actions are taken. Like a hammer, pounding your PSN account into the ground.

As always, TheSixthAxis condemns piracy and urges everyone to support the gaming industry through legally purchasing software and not “invalidating the consumer guarantee for that system” as the man from Sony so eloquently says.

Update: As mentioned in the comments below, anecdotal evidence is appearing suggesting the hammer is already falling on some digital corsairs.

Source: Official EU PlayStation blog



  1. Good to see Sony taking action to prevent piracy.

    But surely the majority of people in such a situation don’t connect to the PSN anyway and probably own an online legitimate machine & an offline one they either experiment/run unauthorised software/pirate on?

    • Indeed. The future is online, however. And a PS3 that can’t connect to the PSN is fairly worthless in my opinion. A system that is completely offline just to play single-player games with no trophies, leaderboards, patches, etc.? Sure, I suppose.

      I think the idea is that people will eventually tire of the restriction and play by the rules. Maybe.

      • Fingers crossed Sony provide such tempting features online (from video to iPlayer to PS Store to online gaming) that people feel compelled to get on there and enjoy a world of PS3 online.

        Not five minutes ago I was playing LittleBigPlanet 2 with Crawfail and I barely ever play online with the PS3. Go me! :-)

        *shoves Action Replay cartridge at the disc slot until something gives*

      • Nail on head there I think! It’s not that its impossible to have a hacked PS3, but hopefully it will be so inconvenient that it just isn’t worth it. So many of the big games are online now, to take that away will surely make people seriously think twice.

    • I think there’s enough users out there that eg bought a key thinking “oh cool, now I can do this and that” without really knowing what they were doing exactly.

    • I think that this is for the online hackers, e.g. for Modern Warfare 2, who have pretty much ruined it now.


    I hope Sony hammer the hacked PS3’s into the ground.

    • I 2nd that.

      • 3rd, should not be able to play online if they are going to cheat/use unofficial stuff

  3. Drop the ban hammer on the culprits now sony don’t give them a warning it’s coming unless they remove software just get shut of them ASAP and move on to the next batch of hackers

    • The way Microsoft do it, is that they collect as many hacked users as possible, then ban them all at once. They do this so the hackers don’t find out how they’re detecting the hacked machines before a substantial amount get banned. Also, the really funny method MS use, is to time the bans for just before a big multiplayer game release (there was a huge bunch before Reach came out, it was hilarious), both a lovely punishment and there’s a chance that the pirate caves and buys a new (unhackable) console.

      There was even a rumor that MS was the leak for ODST, which was on bit torrent sites maybe 1 or 2 weeks before release (at least I think it was ODST). Turned out, it wasn’t a good rip and pretty much everyone who ran it got banned, though maybe that’s giving them a bit too much credit (but seriously, pirates are gonna pirate, doesn’t matter who releases it, might as well be a bad MS rip, jus’ saying).

      • I raised this thought on another thread. I think it’s a fantastic idea! If Sony and MS flood the internet with bad torrents of their games, then it will become too risky to download one for fear of it being a torrent that kills your machine. Fight the hackers on their own grounds.

  4. Going to be a uphill struggle to begin with, hope not to many innocences are caught in the crossfire.

    I must admit I recently trolled a site for this, got told “I paid for the PS3 and will do what I want with it” my answer was that I never realised that Sony made the PS3 open source and was pretty sure that modifying was against the EULA that they agreed to buying the hardware, the response “Sony are all commies!!” then my account was banned LOL

    • That’s terrible. You got banned for having an opinion?

      Of course people can do what they want with their PS3. And Sony can do what they want with their PSN.

      • Technically people can’t do what they want with it, that’s the main thrust of Sony’s case against Geohot.

        Whilst he may not have used any copyrighted code (maybe) he has circumvented security measures which is against the DMCA/DCMA? which some people just plain don’t believe in.

        The main case could go either way, there’s form on both sides of that debate after the copy protection on DVDs was circumvented.

        In the mean-time Sony are being more than fair by giving people a chance to go legit

  5. Good. As long as this isn’t an empty threat and they actually go ahead with it.
    While I support custom firmware, there is a great deal of difference between running what you like on your *own* hardware and compromising someone else’s software and networks.

  6. This may sound stupid but does this include software such as Gameshark etc. I don’t use them just curious, because I guess they can tell whatever disc you’ve put in and when.

    • don’t think there’s anything like the gameshark for the ps3

  7. Good news that Sony is getting round to doing something about it, although I assume most pirates won’t have their PS3’s linked up the the Internet anyway.

    • You’d be surprised at just how stupid pirates can be. Seriously, there are hacks to get a hacked 3.55 PS3 online, they’ve got all these programs to wipe your playing history (so that it doesn’t say that you’ve been playing “Backup Loader” when you pop online), but they seem to forget that there’s one thing that makes them stick out… they’re running 3.55… online.

      I mean seriously, they can all count themselves as permabanned, if Sony are clever they’ll wait until the shops are filled with hardware fixed consoles (since I’m assuming the software fix in 3.56 will be hacked eventually), then ban all of these idiots. Should thin out the amount of pirates substantially.

      PS If anyone remembers me from another article, yes, I’m all for having the right to hack your console (you should also have the right to set it on fire, throw it out a window or run over it with your car) but Sony own the PSN and they can do whatever they want with that. I only have a moral problem with Sony trying to get legal control of my property.

      • I think the big argument is why someone hacks a console. Whether it is to run homebrew or whether it is to pirate games. The problem is, there is no way to distinguish between the two.

      • Yeah, it’s a toughie, I can see the argument for both sides really.

        I actually think that most of the talented hackers are doing it for homebrew, which is why I think OtherOs was one of the most successful anti-piracy techniques of all time. Though yeah, there are those who do it for piracy…

        Though really he’s not that talented, that dude just copies other peoples work and taints it with piracy, like the Wii’s DVD player homebrew that he turned into a copied game loader. It’s people like him that ruin homebrew, so frustrating.


  8. To be honest, I don’t know what has shocked me more: how long it’s taken for Sony to release a statement, or Geohotz’ rap video (linked above).

    • Oh my god. First time I’ve seen that video, I’m amazed to be saying this, but he’s not terrible. I was expecting to be laughing at how rubbish he is, but he’s really not rubbish at all!

  9. If I was in charge at Sony I would sell PS3 hardware with no PS branded software loaded.

    Then the ‘hackers’ can buy one to do what they want with to the hardware, and it may deter the same people from trying to crack the standard software.

    This is probably why i am not in charge at Sony though ;)

  10. BAN EM ALL!!

    Any hackers on the ps3 should be banned, sod off and get a PC if you want Linux or other os bullpoo

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