The hottest news doing the rounds on all the gaming forums, internet, cyberzines and Youtube at the moment has to be the sordid affair surrounding the piracy issue that has engulfed the Playstation 3. With some of you out there crying that this act if nothing short of a moral victory for the masses and others, rightly so, supporting Sony and their decision to take a firm legal standpoint against these ‘hackers’ it seems that the gaming community has been split down the middle by those in favour and those against the pirates.
One thing is certain, however, and that is the outlook adopted by Sony as they employ their powerful legal team to suppress the sites and individuals responsible for cracking their system has been quick and decisive as they bear round to launch a broadside of legal bombardment on the so called ‘pirates’. And judging from the way that George ‘GeoHot’ Hotz has had his website stripped to its bare essentials by restraining orders and writ’s, along with the other player in this ‘anything-but love-triangle ‘ the failOverflow consortium of hackers, it seems to have had an immediate effect.
Utilizing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as well as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to bolster their position from a legal position Sony have argues, and somewhat successfully may we add, that the individuals and groups involved in this debacle have knowingly opened up their Playstation 3 console system to acts and instances of piracy and copyright fraud.
Given that the law has begun to come down in favour of the developers, publishers and manufacturers of gaming peripherals, consoles and games of late, ( a recent incident of copyright fraud in the UK saw a man imprisoned for illegally copying Nintendo Wii and DS games ), is it possible then that we may finally see some of the larger pirates and hackers actually having prison sentences given to them instead of the usual slap on the wrists? Only time will tell.
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