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Court Says Sony Is Free To Change Its Terms Of Service Because Accessing PSN Is A Choice

Last year, Sony changed its terms of service for accessing the PlayStation Network. Like many other companies, part of the changed terms was a requirement to take disputes to arbitration, rather than court. These clauses are pretty popular for some obvious reasons: the companies almost always win (perhaps because the arbitrator wants to get hired in the future, and implicitly recognizes the big company is likely to call him again -- not the random individual who has a dispute with the big company). On top of that, it's a lot cheaper than litigation. That part is a good thing, but arbitration hearings seem to be so one-sided that they're often not worth it.

Some folks were not at all happy about this and sought to file a class action lawsuit against Sony for the change -- but that lawsuit has been (pretty quickly) rejected by the court, suggesting that the main guy suing failed to show evidence of any harm. In an interesting move, the court found that the fact that you lost access to the network if you didn't agree to the new terms isn't evidence of any harm, but rather a choice. Of course, that seems a bit extreme. It opens up possibilities for companies to more or less corner users into unpleasant situations. Just change the terms and anyone can be excluded.

I'm not a fan of mandatory arbitration clauses or class action lawsuits like this where "harm" is pretty tough to show. In the end, though, it does seem like Sony should be able to choose and change its terms of service. The real issue is that it chose consumer-unfriendly options, and in a better world, less draconian alternatives would spring up to help treat consumers right. It's hard to side with Sony here (or in most situations), but the lawsuit itself does seem like a stretch.

LulzSec hacker pleads guilty in Sony Pictures security breach case

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By Adi Robertson on April 5, 2012 02:25 pm 21Comments

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An accused member of Anonymous offshoot LulzSec has pleaded guilty to participating in an extensive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2011. Reuters has reported that in a deal with prosecutors, Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. We still don't have any information on the deal, but it was apparently enough to get him to reverse an earlier "not guilty" plea.

Kretsinger, allegedly known as "recursion" within LulzSec, was accused last year of obtaining information from Sony and passing it along to other members. Kretsinger was the first alleged member of LulzSec to be apprehended, a list that is now significantly longer after last month's arrests.

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bahia não sabe ingles, então nem merece saber do q se trata.

não vo traduzir não

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bahia não sabe ingles, então nem merece saber do q se trata.

não vo traduzir não

É pra evitar a fadiga. Walltext ninguém merece.

Traduzindo: A corte disse que a Sony pode meter sem pena no rabo de seus fanboys que tá tudo certo.

lol

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