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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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#246 - Ni72ous - February 17, 2011 // 2:04 pm
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I have nothing against hacking or cfw but he said why should he have to have 4 copies of the game to play, well one copy is one license for one system at any one time, if you want to play on four systems then you should get four copies, oh and i have kids so if they want the game i buy it for them.

#245 - barrybarryk - February 17, 2011 // 2:03 pm
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stop crying, running unlicensed code on the PS3 was always going to get us banned from PSN, if you feel that bad about it upgrade. If not, then keep running your homebrew but stop with the quite frankly ludicrous justification stories they're laughable and irrelevant.

It's not to screw the consumer or anything like that. It's to screw people that insist on running unlicensed code on their machine across Sony's network. so either put up or shut up.

#244 - jackkiej - February 17, 2011 // 1:59 pm
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why is this needed? i didn't do this, what happens then??

#243 - BerserkLeon - February 17, 2011 // 1:56 pm
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First off you're circumventing copy protection, not bypassing copyright circumvention. Circumventing copy protection is against the law but thats the stupidest law imaginable.

I BOUGHT a DVD, I have a desktop computer with a dvd reader and a netbook with no drive at all. I want to watch the DVD I bought on my netbook, should I have to buy an external DVD drive when I know its possible make video files that can be played on any computer? No. I went out and bought a blu-ray movie to watch on my ps3. when I get home I realize my laptop can at least do 720p without stuttering and my desktop can do full 1080p no problem.

My ps3 is the only thing with a blu-ray drive in the house, should I have to buy a new drive for my desktop and (I would guess) a new external drive for my laptop? No, I shouldn't have to. All I'm doing is making it so I can watch the movie I bought on my devices. I paid for my movie, I paid for my devices, I paid for the external hard drive that I put the movie on. Why is this illegal? So optical drive manufacturers can get more money? Please.

And then, what if I'm smart enough to get the blu-ray drive out of the ps3? Oh that's fine but you just voided your warranty. Wonderful.

Last example. I bought a ps3 game. I have a ps3, but the optical drive doesn't work. The drive's laser just decided to crap out one day. Should I have to pay to send it back to Sony and pay more to have them fix it and send it back? No, I should be able to play my game without needing the optical drive. Yes, circumventing copy protection is against the law, but did you ever stop to try to think why it is? In almost every circumstance, it is to SCREW the consumer.

#242 - whinis - February 17, 2011 // 1:36 pm
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This is what I hate most about people whining about piracy, they no nothing about it. If they sold one mil then they made 60 mil and 20 mil for development means they just had a 200% profit.

Also the notion that there are 1.3 million people online and only 1 mil bought will almost never happen as there are not 1 million pirates on the ps3 and even PC game developers do not see that large of a piracy base. According to numbers given by the developers at most 10% of the people on platforms like the Iphone and PC are pirates. As such if 1 mil buy a game it can be assumed that even on the ps3 ( which is highly unlikly) 100,000 people pirated.

Back to the thread, While I believe that sony has the right to shut down its network too us I do not believe it is the right thing todo and that it will hurt them in the long run. I mean you can say the xbox 360 is doing good but they banned 1 million users online and have had declining sales since.

#241 - B4rtj4h - February 17, 2011 // 1:33 pm
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As i stated before if you go ONLINE after a Jailbreak do this first:

- Erase your HDD full!
- Make sure you reinstall the firmware on your PS3

Funny to see that no one did this.

#240 - Vivificus - February 17, 2011 // 1:31 pm
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Don't come into a hacking forum and call people who are trying to save money by backing up a game or two on his HDD a tosser. It makes you look like a complete noob.

What are you even doing looking at the forums here if you don't in someway support hacking; unless you're a game developer or someone who is getting burnt from the process, maybe you see others hacking and can't even get CFW on your PS3 LOL.

If I had kids I would do the same as him; I have a 2TB ext HDD full of PS3 games and I'm sure as hell my kids would be happy if they could play any game they wanted to.

#239 - Ni72ous - February 17, 2011 // 1:06 pm
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Yes you should, you cheapskate tossers.

#238 - madmax69 - February 17, 2011 // 12:04 pm
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CFW / Homebrew doesnt automatically mean piracy ??

I have 3 kids who all have a PS3 and myself = 4 ps3 in the house, Should I have to purchase call of duty 4 times to allow myself and sons to play online at the same time HELL NO !! I want the ability to purchase the game once and back it up to hard drive on mine and the kids units.

I have CFW 3.55 so i do not have to fight my kids for games we all enjoy. How many people actually download up to 20 gig worth of games from your 80% equation ? not a lot i bet.

You should be allowed to run homebrew that adds features to your multimedia system that arent being provided by Sony ie backup management, emulators, your own designed themes.

Get off your high horse and stop judging everyone pirates because they want different features from there PS3

#237 - bamboo31 - February 17, 2011 // 12:03 pm
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I installed CFW on my PS3 so that I could try out ME2 on it in order to see what it looked like on the PS. I already own the game and virtually all of the DLC on Xbox and on PC, so I went and copied the game for PS3 from a friend as I didn't really want to buy a third copy of it just to see the updated graphics. Still, I went on the PSN Store and bought the DLC for the game cause I do support Bioware.

Just logged on, and got this message. I can understand blocking the online portion of the service, but blocking me out from something I paid for and from a service that I would have probably used again, is just plain stupid.

Anyway, smart move Sony : since I can't do anything legit on my PS3 anymore I'm just gonna use my 100mb/s internet to rip games off the internet now.