PS Jailbreak Found Illegal by Australian Courts
The day has come and it seems the injunction against PS Jailbreak has not been lifted, but continued until further notice, and that the distributor, China Sun Trading Limited must turn over all stock intended for suppliers in Australia.
Justice Dodds-Streeton has ordered that PS Jailbreak may not be imported, distributed to another person, offered to the public, provided for another person, or dealt in despite a free version of the PS3 hack already being made public.
Furthermore, in more shocking news, that the defendant's are ordered to contact the supplier, identified as China Sun Trading Limited of China, with the account number of 817-374473-838 at the HSBC Hong Kong bank branch and inform that any goods ordered be sent to Peter Chalk, and not the defendants.
Finally, it has been ordered that any more PS Jailbreak devices that are acquired by the defendants be handed over forthwith.
This, curiously does not mention other devices, like the Teensy or other devices which have a dual purpose use - so they could still be programmed and sold, as the documents only name "PSJailbreak".
OzModChips Tweeted the following comment about the decision:
"Sorry 4 the lack of updates, its been a long day. Bassically the injunction still stands but its not 100% over yet. Not allowed to say more"
PS3 hacker Mathieulh commented to BBC the following regarding the open-source PSGroove alternative, to quote:
"We want people to run the software they like on the system they paid for without it having to be licensed by Sony. We released it on the internet because we believe in openness, choice and innovation from everyone.
We understand (games console makers') point of view as well when it comes to protecting their income or business models, we just believe compromises could be made to keep everyone happy."
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What does this mean for me living in Canadia? (Canada lol).
I do want to point out (left out of the main post) that this is only a motion, but when the presiding judge grants a motion to take all stock (even from the supplier in China headed to AUS), and forbids the defendants from buying/selling/importing the units - your pretty much dead in the water!
Canada - means nothing, its an Australian court, however Canadian courts may use it as precedence against any cases filed in Canada. However, this case needs to end, and its only illegal essentially "for now", but it does not look good - at all!
I'm so glad that this doesn't matter at all for the people who want to pirate games. I feel sorry for the developers of the PSJailbreak though. I was planning on continuing to buy games so I could play them online, but after this I think I'll just pirate everything. Screw Sony.
I really doubt a Chinese company is going to send any psjailbreaks to Sony Australia. There has also been plenty of time for all the orders to be canceled which means no stock is intended to be shipped to Australia.
They really should have added some kind of region free support to this. That would have increased the chances of it being declared legal. Region free blu-ray movie support would be nice.
Last edited by Tex Murphy; 09-03-2010 at 03:31 AM
This is seriously messed up.
The verdict ultimately means nothing at this point. It is in the wild. Sony can no longer use the legal system to stop anything.
this sucks for the aussie's and alot of other folk that rely on some of the australian mod suppliers.
at least there is an open source version now, so the Australians are not completely left out...