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Sony Buffs Anti-Piracy Program; Game Over Hackers?

Written on February 25, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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A Senior Corporate Counsel and a Senior Paralegal for Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection titles aren't only a mouthful, they're Sony PlayStation 3's first line of defense against piracy as well.

With a legal battle down the drain (is it?), an improved firmware, a protocol to ban all pirated PlayStation 3 consoles from the PlayStation Network, ’s taking additional precautions against piracy by forming two new positions that will deal with the matter, a and a . Both have the main responsibility in “assessing annual corporate anti-piracy needs and addressing the needs through developing and implementing an .”

Looks like Sony’s not taking matters lightly anymore as they’re seeking the best of the best out there for the two positions posted above. A couple of weeks ago, famed iPhone hacker Geoge Hotz along with several individuals/groups were sued by the company for copyright infringement issues. Last week, Sony has issued an ultimatum to all owners of hacked PS3 consoles to repent and turn away from their sins, or be condemned… from the PSN. With the addition of the two new positions, the company now has a division that will focus all its efforts in thwarting evil-doers on the PS3. Too bad they can’t do anything much on the PSP now.

Both positions require “knowledge of online investigative practices and online databases (e.g. how to find owner, administrator, ISP associated with a given domain name, etc.)” Meaning they need a computer genius and a lawyer in one.

The division will work together with other anti-piracy organizations, including the ones associated with Sony Computer Entertainment companies, and the .

Will this be enough to further protect Sony’s prized stallion, the PlayStation 3? Sony’s been pretty impressive so far without the division, maybe things will work out once it goes to full throttle.

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