Get banned from PSN unless you waive your right to sue

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  1. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

    May 7, 2010
    United States
    [​IMG]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.

    Those that want to opt out will have to send a letter to Sony's Los Angeles headquarters in the US.

    Once they do, the subscribers will be able to keep their right to file a class action lawsuit without any need for arbitration.

    But before subscribers have a chance to opt out, they will still be required to agree to the new terms the next time they log into their accounts.

    Otherwise they will not be able to use the online services.
    Attacks and apology

    A class action lawsuit filed against Sony in April after the first attack, in which the details of 77 million users were stolen and PSN went offline for 40 days, could end up costing the Japanese electronics giant billions of dollars.

    Sony Online Entertainment, the company's computer games service, was also hit, as well as the Sony Pictures website, exposing personal information for 25 million more accounts.

    In addition, personal data of 2,000 consumers was stolen from a Sony Ericsson website in Canada and details of 8,500 users were leaked on a Sony Music Entertainment website in Greece.

    Some time later, a group called Lulz Security claimed to have broken into

    Sony has since apologised over the security breaches and offered compensation packages. [/p]

    [​IMG] Source
    [​IMG] Info on how to opt-out
  2. Terminator02

    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

    Apr 10, 2010
    United States
    Somewhere near monkat
    so this is why it showed up again when i logged on yesterday... [​IMG]
  3. chrisrlink

    chrisrlink your friendly neighborhood serial killer

    Aug 27, 2009
    United States
    Elm street
    illegal illegal ILLEGAL serious sony prepare for a tsunami of lawsuits
  4. ShawnTRods

    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

    Mar 26, 2011
    United Kingdom
    What the fuck man, I am NOT going to agree with that.
  5. Blaze163

    Blaze163 The White Phoenix's purifying flame.

    Nov 19, 2008
    Coventry, UK
    Sony better be careful with all this 'We're so big we tell everyone what they can and can't do' attitude. Apple might get pissed at them stealing their thunder and sue.
  6. Wombo Combo

    Wombo Combo That Ain't Falco

    Mar 17, 2010
    United States
    Also think it says something about allowing them taking your first born if your agree to the new terms.
  7. Ron

    Ron somehow a weeb now.

    Dec 10, 2009
    Sony, Sony Sony... Why are you asking for another dose of Lulzsec?

    You just killed whatever remains of the tiny, minute respect for you, basically, you're basically saying that you have the right to block out the 1st Amendment in the US, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada.

    By the way Sony, this is illegal. Even more illegal as Removing OtherOS, Looking at IP addresses of geohot's site and YouTube video, and trying to control the internet, as well as trying to copyright a series of numbers.

    *PS3 Freedom Flag Here*

    Sony, why are you trying to police PSN users like this. You aren't above the law.. Wait..
  8. jonesman99

    jonesman99 GBAtemp's Official ArchAndroid

    Nov 10, 2008
    United States
    A Star Called Metropolis
    May I ask, just WHO or WHAT is behind their legal team? WHO is approving all of this?
  9. Jamstruth

    Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

    Apr 23, 2009
    North East Scotland
    I'm pretty sure you can't sign your base consumer rights away like this. This clause of the ToS is illegal and can't be counted, surely.
  10. MasterPenguin

    MasterPenguin GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 16, 2008
    You can send them mail to not deal with the arbitrator. Only within 30 days of agreeing though.
  11. GameWinner

    GameWinner Take your heart

    Jun 14, 2009
    United States
    Sony must have something up their ass right about now..
  12. Ace

    Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

    Apr 8, 2009
  13. Silent Storm

    Silent Storm GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 11, 2008
    Shaking my head sony.....

    Shaking my head

  14. Dimensional

    Dimensional GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 7, 2008
    United States
    You forget that the Supreme Courts made it legal for this to happen. They took away our freedom of speech when they voted to allow large corporations to block class action suits, no matter what the reason. This was done a few months ago, around the time Sony got hacked.
  15. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

    Former Staff
    Jun 24, 2008
    United States
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