Hack Your Playstation 3, Expect A Lifetime Ban

Sony is taking no prisoners following the release of a new PLaystation 3 security exploit by hackers.

Sony has warned that anybody caught using the software released by the hackers will face a lifetime ban from the Playstation Network. The full statement from Sony states:

“Unauthorized software for the PlayStation3 system was recently released by hackers. Use of such 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 PlayStationNetwork/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation3 system invalidates the consumer’s right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorized or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStationNetwork and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation3 systems.

In order to help provide a safe, fair, online environment, consumers who we believe violate “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStationNetwork/Sony Entertainment Network or the applicable laws or regulations of their country or region risk having access to the PlayStationNetwork and access to Sony Entertainment Network services terminated permanently.”

Sounds fair enough to me and I don’t blame them one bit. Piracy is against the law and is a punishable offence, you may not think it affects you but in reality, it affects all of us, from the guy sitting at a desk writing the code for a living to the end use, piracy has its victims and it’s not just the corporate publishers making the millions. That guy sitting at the desk may lose his job because the studio can’t afford to keep all their staff due to their last game being pirated by more people than copies sold. The studio has less money and now less staff for the next game and end up making a mediocre title that disappoints the people who bought it but is easily disregarded by the people who pirated it. It’s a vicious crime that has gone on without sever consequences for far too long.

What do you reckon? Is a lifetime ban from PSN enough or should Sony be taking further action against those pilagin pirates?

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