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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, Sony’s taking additional precautions against piracy by forming two new positions that will deal with the matter, a Senior Corporate Counsel and a Senior Paralegal for Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection. Both have the main responsibility in “assessing annual SCEA corporate anti-piracy needs and addressing the needs through developing and implementing an anti-piracy program.”

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Reviews Are In!

Written on February 15, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Critics spread the Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds love as their reviews give the game impressive numbers.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is finally hitting shores this week after a decade-long wait and the reviews are already in from dozens of critics across cyberspace and print. Will the much anticipated game make the mark? Well the numbers look really good, though some critics give it an average score. But Joystiq seems to have shared too much love for the game as it rates Marvel vs. Capcom 3 a whopping 100/100. In any case, I don’t think any review will change the minds of people into buying the manic brawlfest.

Check out the summaries after the break!

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Sony PS3 Firmware 3.56 Announced; Security Serial Keys Next?

Written on January 27, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony fights PS3 hackers anew with Firmware 3.56. Will it be enough or does Sony have something else under their corporate sleeves?

Sony has just released a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3. Firmware 3.56, as Sony’s VP for Network Operations for Sony Computer Entertainment America Eric Lempel explained on their blog, “is a minor update that adds a security patch,” something we’ve heard over and over everytime the company releases new updates.

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Sony Starts Banning Jail Broken PS3; Firmware 3.60 Coming Soon

Written on January 17, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony's finding out if you've been naughty or nice as they begin banning jail broken accounts and consoles from the PSN.

A recorded customer inquiry over at the Sony Playstation Australia uploaded in Youtube revealed that Sony will be banning jail broken accounts and PlayStation 3 consoles permanently unless they restore the system. Sony will also be releasing Firmware 3.60 to further fend off hackers from infiltrating the console.

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Sony Officially Sues Geohot and fail0verflow for PlayStation 3 Jailbreak

Written on January 13, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony bares its fangs as it officially charges copyright infringement lawsuit against PlayStation 3 jailbreakers Geohot and fail0verflow.

Sony finally got the message when a Temporary Restraining Order won’t be enough to stop jailbreakers from hacking the PlayStation 3. And now they’re landing one of their trumph cards as they officially and legally file a complaint against jailbreak superstars Geohot and fail0verflow for copyright infringement.

The full legal document is over 40 pages long. But in a nutshell, Sony’s charging the hackers for copyright issues and are asking the court to halt the hackers’ operation over the internet and to confiscate all hardware and software that contain the jailbreak code. On top of that, they’re asking for damage fees, but as to how much, it doesn’t say. There are no statements yet from Geohot and fail0verflow.

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Sony Files Temporary Restraining Order Against PlayStation 3 Jailbreakers Geohot and fail0verflow

Written on January 12, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Jailbreakers are finally cracking the PlayStation 3 wide open. But looks like Sony's not going down without a fight.

Sony has had enough of jailbreakers (again) for the PlayStation 3, and now they’re exerting all their efforts in filing a temporary restraining order against the hackers to stop the piracy of the said console. In an earlier report, sources say that George “Geohot” Hotz, hacking group fail0verflow (Hector Cantero, Sven Peter, “Bushing,” and “Segher”, along with other regular people attempting to hack the PS3 will be sued for their actions against the gaming giant. Should the legal action push through, the hackers will be facing violations ranging from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and several more copyright infringements. However, recent reports state that Sony is only filing a temporary restraining order that will remove the jailbreak out of the internet and probably a confiscation of computers and any related media.

Sony has been pretty impressive in protecting the PlayStation 3 against piracy. However, recent legal actions seem to be a sign that the company is slowly losing to the jailbreakers.

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