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February 22, 2011 // 9:37 pm - Last week Sony officially addressed PS3 piracy and PSN bans, and today IGN (linked above) reports that they are forming a PlayStation 3 Anti-Piracy Program and hiring online investigators to assist in protecting their Intellectual Property and overseeing anti-piracy civil lawsuits.

To quote: "Two new job listings posted on SCEA's Web site reveal the company is getting serious about PlayStation 3 software piracy.

Sony is looking for a new Senior Corporate Counsel and a Senior Paralegal for Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection. The main responsibilities include "assessing annual SCEA corporate anti-piracy needs and addressing the needs through developing and implementing an anti-piracy program."

Senior Corporate Counsel, Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection - Requisition ID 02289
United States - California - San Francisco Bay Area - Foster City

Senior Paralegal, Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection - Requisition ID 02288
United States - California - San Francisco Bay Area - Foster City

"The program to be developed will require a strong strategic online component (taking input from and working with SCEA Marketing, SCEA Strategic Business Development Latin America and SCEA Product Development)," the listing reads.

The jobs also require "collaborating with other anti-piracy organizations, including those of affiliated Sony Computer Entertainment companies, Sony Corporation and the videogame industry's trade association, the Entertainment Software Association."

Other responsibilities ask for "overseeing anti-piracy civil lawsuits and providing support to law enforcement and intellectual property agencies on behalf of SCEA."

Additionally, one of the requirements is having "knowledge of online investigative practices and online databases (e.g. how to find owner, administrator, ISP associated with a given domain name, etc.)"

Sony recently took famed iPhone hacker George Hotz to court after he and another group of hackers unlocked the PlayStation 3's security and later published the data online.

Since then, homebrew applications to run pirated software have hit the net, and one of Sony's major first-party titles, Killzone 3, was reportedly leaked two weeks before its release."

Sony Forms PS3 Anti-Piracy Program, Hiring IP Investigators

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#26 - semitope - February 23, 2011 // 8:08 am
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A huge waste of money and misdirection of resourses IMO. It's stupid when companies spend more on fighting piracy than they actually make from fighting it.

On a torrent site I frequent, the most downloaded ps3 games is around 4000 (fifa 11), compare that to the most downloaded 360 game which is at 39000+ downloads. Microsoft isn't blowing a gasket about this at all and it seems they are taking a position almost opposite to sony on it all.

They show hackers a little more love with the recent kinect and dealing with hackers on the recent windows phone 7 release. Guess that's just sony for you.

#25 - Bishoff - February 23, 2011 // 7:55 am
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yea which makes even less sense to try to do it in the US since most hackers aren't even from there lol. Oh Sony you are amusing.

#24 - karyuudo - February 23, 2011 // 7:37 am
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Maybe this would be an issue if you live in the USA... but countries like Canada, Europe etc would be exempt from any civil investigation.

#23 - costocart - February 23, 2011 // 7:20 am
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they are investing for protection of future system. if this works... their future console going to provide a major roadblock for hackers to hack the system (in terms of legal).

#22 - onenut - February 23, 2011 // 6:17 am
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i'm gonna download killzone 3 but i promise to only play it for an hour and then delete it just like a full game trial on psn.

#21 - Bishoff - February 23, 2011 // 5:25 am
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Sony is only going to encourage more and more "I want to break your security" type people to become more focused on their hardware when you go after the public and your customers.

#20 - NeoBrain - February 23, 2011 // 5:23 am
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SONY acts like every PS3 owner with CFW is a thief... BUT... THEY ARE THIEVES BY THEMSELVES STEALING DATA FROM EVERYONES OWN PS3 !

Even the police has not the possiblity to come to your house and search for something withouot a reason but SONY does this without asking anybody ! Next time maybe someone is standing in my living room to search for something illegal ?

They have the right to limit the access to the PSN but from where do they know if you are doing something illegal ?
BECAUSE THEY ARE THIEVES !!

So the Thieves are SONY itself... think about it... what's coming next from them ??

#19 - DJXFMA - February 23, 2011 // 3:39 am
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I think it will be used on the PS4 instead of PS3, if they are smart that is , maybe they are gonna use a new random key which isn't random at all!! Nice! Maybe they already used some same security architectures as the PS3 within the PS4. So finnally they get smarter.. But there will always be a door!

#18 - Tepoo - February 23, 2011 // 3:16 am
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for real dude? everyone who use illegal copys of game with a backup manager, is a thief. and only those people will eventualy get problems.

#17 - jokr2k10 - February 23, 2011 // 3:07 am
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Word of advice to $ony... get over it... your system has been HACKED! Stop WASTING your money on this BS! Your'e NOT going to defeat hackers... EVER! THE END! Now stop this crap before you end up putting yourself out of the gaming business over law suit fees and/or high price of the PS4 due to court costs of these PS3 suits... man up, accept that you have been hacked like EVERY other system out there has been hacked.