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February 22, 2011 // 8:37 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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#16 - daveshooter - February 23, 2011 // 8:48 am
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To above. Theres already many ps3 hackers already working for Sony, with or without Sony's consent.

#15 - leukotic - February 23, 2011 // 8:26 am
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What we need is one of the current PS3 hackers to take the job and undermine Sony's efforts from within, lol. IE a Trojan horse. Boy that would be funny.

#14 - Wootzy - February 23, 2011 // 7:25 am
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Agreed. It's like opening the floodgates. Give an inch and they'll take a mile. ESPECIALLY Sony.

#13 - squarepusher2 - February 23, 2011 // 7:19 am
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One sentence : You simply don't get it.

That's all that is required. Not going to waste any more time on giving you a succint explanation as to why you don't get it, since that's time that could be better spent elsewhere.

#12 - Transient - February 23, 2011 // 6:13 am
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Maybe they realized they're suing the wrong guy and need to hire some competent staff.

Seriously though, Sony has a right and obligation to protect their IP. They can't sit back and let piracy have free reign without publishers barking up their rear. If they go after homebrew then I'll agree with the earlier comments, but if they go after strictly pirates, then that's reasonable IMO.

Do I want to see another RIAA/MPAA? No. But I think it's fair for them to target some of the big offenders making a buck off the situation.

#11 - tilla - February 23, 2011 // 6:13 am
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Inb4 they spend more on legal fees than they will ever 'lose' to piracy.

#10 - zac2k4 - February 23, 2011 // 6:05 am
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Freakin douches..

#9 - popshopadop - February 23, 2011 // 5:50 am
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lol i'm thankful i won't show up on there list unless they think a backup manager is a form of piracy.

#8 - anulu82 - February 23, 2011 // 5:44 am
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good luck to them, and to the anti-hackable-bulletbroof-etc new version of PS3 too.


#7 - blazeking - February 23, 2011 // 5:13 am
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They're going to get backups off of the net or make them harder to get. I mean, there is one website that's blatantly obvious to get games from...