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February 16, 2011 // 11:33 am - 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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#6 - semitope - February 16, 2011 // 5:46 pm
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They have the right to stop you from using their online services. Its interesting that they say you should stop it now and that suggests you won't get banned if you do. Would they know if you removed all evidence before going online?

#5 - Denida - February 16, 2011 // 5:44 pm
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Was just a matter of time, so not surprising...

#4 - superste2201 - February 16, 2011 // 5:43 pm
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Software.... Sony don't mind what you do with your PS3 hardware you own. Just the software which you do not own.

#3 - buggybaby - February 16, 2011 // 5:39 pm
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yea screw sony... Trying to tell us what to do with our own system...

#2 - condorstrike - February 16, 2011 // 5:26 pm
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Yep, today Sony announce of imminent PSN bans for people with modified firmware or Hardware.

he he, we posted it at the same time, but your story is better and more complete.

#1 - DaedalusMinion - February 16, 2011 // 5:26 pm
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A little late ain't it?

This is even a bigger indication of a sure and permanent ban on those using bypass methods on PSN like myself