Sony officially smites hackers and pirates

In a shot across the bow to pirates, hackers, and game system jackers – rhyming rocks! – Sony Computer Entertainment has officially responded to those who would use PS3 circumvention devices and pirated software. In short: they are going to f$&k you up.

In the official statement, seen below in its entirety, Sony has taken the same route as Microsoft and decided to ban those found to be “using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software” from the PlayStation Network and Qriocity permanently. However, it seems as if the company does want to give users who ‘tried out’ the new exploits a chance to save themselves from the banhammer, as the end of the statement tells users to stop their use.

No time frame was given as to when the enforcements would take place.

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.