Amidst the whole PS3 hacking saga that is Sony vs. Geohot, a new announcement–or warning–has just been released by Sony to really lay down the law. Their message basically says that if you get caught then you’re banned for life.
Sony believes that circumvented devices and pirated games not only damage their industry but can also negatively affect the online experience for their loyal customers via hacks and cheats. It seems that they will be able to detect circumvented systems once they connect to the PlayStation Network. The announcement says, “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.”
The full message here:
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.