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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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#266 - barrybarryk - February 17, 2011 // 9:39 am
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cfw has nothing to do with cheating, this ban doesn't affect cheaters at all only people running homebrew and CFW.

#265 - iloveyou - February 17, 2011 // 9:37 am
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All are claiming about cheaters... yeah, i understand why, thats bad... but how about the people, who just want to use a BETTER video player than SONY could ever deliver (they cant deliver all posible codes...) they can't deliver ScummVM,... they can't deliver a SNES Emu,... they can't give us REAL InGame music... the list won't end... and of course, that's sad.

Homebrew brings up Cheaters and Warez...but, show me one system, where it doesn't ?! I can understand, why banning cfw... cheating sucks, and ruins the fun... but SONY should bring back OtherOS... i hate Sony for taking it... and they hate themself for that...i hate them for saying, what you have to do with your system, that you bought with your hard earned money... that sucks.

#264 - barrybarryk - February 17, 2011 // 9:32 am
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he's wrong though lol removing all homebrew and updating will stop you getting banned the ban hasn't happened yet.

#263 - pepperor - February 17, 2011 // 9:29 am
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thanks for answering.

#262 - Casktegrind - February 17, 2011 // 9:25 am
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i think sony is trying to tell people what not to do with the systems software and or their network. hacking the ps3's software is a no no. didn't you read the user agreement licence? you probably skipped it and hit accept anyway like most people. to be honest i'm kind of glad they ban hackers. because they have a point, it really does take the fun out of a game when some one else is cheating. i remember diablo 2 pvp was completely unplayable online.

mod the hardware all you want. just dont cheat online or steal games.

#261 - nunracer - February 17, 2011 // 9:11 am
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permanent console ban , update to OFW won't unban, called cs and they cant tell which console (i have ps3 x5 ) got banned LoL.

#260 - barrybarryk - February 17, 2011 // 9:10 am
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Quote Originally Posted by B4rtj4h View Post
This way there is NO way that sony can see that you have JB'ed your PS3.

lol what? You may need to clarify that statement a little..

#259 - mrgreaper - February 17, 2011 // 9:08 am
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Quote Originally Posted by barrybarryk View Post
ps3's but not ips or accounts. probably by console ID rather than MAC but it's 100% not an IP ban or account ban.

thank you.

#258 - B4rtj4h - February 17, 2011 // 9:07 am
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This way there is NO way that sony can see that you have JB'ed your PS3.

#257 - pepperor - February 17, 2011 // 9:06 am
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Is it a permanent console ban? If you get banned from PSN, can you update to OFW and be unbannned?