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February 16, 2011 // 12:33 pm - Update: As expected, countless users in our PS3 Forums have confirmed receiving e-mail notices from Sony followed by their PlayStation 3 consoles being banned.

According to Mathieulh if you get error 0x8002A227 Sony banned your PS3 from the PSN.

Today Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has posted the following statement from Sony Computer Entertainment on PS3 circumvention devices, piracy and PSN bans:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software.

Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the "System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System" and the "Terms of Services and User Agreement" for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.

Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws.

Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.

To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

What this means to you:

Circumvention devices and game piracy damage our industry and can potentially injure the online experience for you, our loyal PlayStation customers, via hacks and cheats.

Many PlayStation.Blog readers have asked how we intend to deal with these incidents that they have been reading about in the gaming press, and this is our initial response.

By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.

Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear.

Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

Sony Addresses PS3 Circumvention Devices, Piracy and PSN Bans

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#296 - crazelunatic - February 17, 2011 // 12:56 pm
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i was able to login in to my account on sony's site, so i'm good and the charles method will eventually leak.

#295 - sykesvr6 - February 17, 2011 // 12:37 pm
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You can unban your ID now using charles.

#294 - Neo Cyrus - February 17, 2011 // 12:34 pm
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Those of you who are banned, does it say anything if you log into your PSN account on their webstie?: http://us.playstation.com/psn/

#293 - itsmonkey - February 17, 2011 // 12:15 pm
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Although Sony will not count it as a valid excuse, from my morale perspective I see it as valid. I want to play the latest games AND have Linux on my PS3 - the same reasons I bought it.

This won't wash against a big morally void corporation though!

#292 - kally12 - February 17, 2011 // 11:35 am
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The sad part about Sony's statements is that they have no obligation to keep their word.

#291 - Chivafighter - February 17, 2011 // 11:31 am
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Well yea thats true, The linux excuse can't be used anymore.

#290 - tonybologna - February 17, 2011 // 11:30 am
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That's if you don't put any unauthorized content back on your HDD afterwards. That would include CFW, homebrew, backup managers,etc.

I think that's pretty self-explanatory in that you go back to re-format your HDD and install 3.56 OFW you'll be fine as long as you stay legit. People should already know that really.

This would only be for the ones that received warnings though. The few that have been banned it would be on no use because their console is now done from PSN. Unless, there will be some type of un-banning program to come like there is for the J-tag 360.

#289 - barrybarryk - February 17, 2011 // 11:23 am
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they would say "but we did remove it, tough luck, our network our rules." Sony can take away PSN access for any reason they like, no one is entitled to it. Running any unlicensed code on your PS3 simply falls into the security bracket.

#288 - System Repairs - February 17, 2011 // 11:23 am
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Found the site for the copyright bill: ccer.ca

To top things off they're looking and almost forced an increase in internet fees for all of Canada as well: openmedia.ca/meter

#287 - Chivafighter - February 17, 2011 // 11:18 am
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That is a good question, I think Sony will still win because in the end, they could say that if you wanted Linux, you shouldn't have updated to new firmwares that disabled it. our defence would be you shouldnt have removed it, and they would say ?