A federal judge in the US has dismissed the last of the class action lawsuits against Sony. The legal cases were being conducted against the Japanese company in the wake of the OtherOS removal.
OtherOS was a system feature which allowed users to install a Linux operating system to a partition on their Sony PlayStation 3 hard disk. The function was used in one of the first security breaches suffered by the system and, earlier this year, Sony responded by forcing their customers who wish to connect to the PlayStation Network to give up OtherOS functionality.
US District Judge Richard Seeborg carried a motion to dismiss the case last Friday, saying:
The dismay and frustration at least some PS3 owners likely experienced when Sony made the decision to limit access to the PSN service to those who were willing to disable the Other OS feature on their machines was no doubt genuine and understandable. As a matter of providing customer satisfaction and building loyalty, it may have been questionable, as a legal matter, however, plaintiffs have failed to allege facts or articulate a theory on which Sony may be held liable
So, basically, the claimants (Sony’s customers) failed to give a valid reason why they had lost out due to Sony’s decision to remove the OtherOS functionality. There is scope within this ruling to amend their claim and return to legal action but it’s becoming difficult to see how consumers will be able to penetrate Sony’s legal defence that, beyond warranty, they’re under no obligation to continue to provide services.
Source: Courthouse news