September 16th, 2011, 06:15 PM #1
Gamers must waive rights to sue to play on PSN.BBC News - Sony asks gamers to sign new terms or face PSN ban
Sony is preparing to ban gamers from the PlayStation Network (PSN) unless they waive the right to collectively sue it over future security breaches.
The firm has amended PSN's terms and conditions and users have to agree to them next time they log in.
The move comes months after a string of hacking attacks compromised over 100 million accounts of the PlayStation Network subscribers.
It is, however, possible to opt out of the agreement within the next 30 days.
Gamers will now have to try to resolve any legal issues with an arbitrator picked by Sony, before being able to file a lawsuit.
The new clauses, dubbed "Binding Individual Arbitration," state that "any Dispute Resolution Proceedings, whether in arbitration or court, will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class or representative action or as a named or unnamed member in a class, consolidated, representative or private attorney general action".
The re-written terms and conditions are being presented to gamers when they log in, but some have questioned who will notice the changes.
Tech news site The Register wondered who would notice the small print outlining the opt-out terms, and not simply click the "agree" box having scrolled all the way down.They say technology slows down for no one. I know it outruns my wallet. I figure its because my wallet isn't light enough yet.
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September 16th, 2011, 06:45 PM #2
September 16th, 2011, 07:49 PM #3
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ToS's so far have extremely limited support in court. While it's disappointing that Sony took this position, even they admit it's legal status is very questionable.
As a PS3 owner, lemme be the first to say:
I ain't even mad, bro.Good job, friend-of-friends!
September 16th, 2011, 11:03 PM #4
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Long live PC gaming!
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