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UK High Court rules that sales of Japanese PSPs to the region are illegal - expected to follow suit with the PS3

European gamers have been dealt yet another blow by Sony. After being informed that they would have to wait until March 2007 to receive the PS3, followed by being European VP Jamie MacDonald's assertation that they "didn't mind waiting" for the console, the UK High Court has granted Sony a judgement that could set a nasty precedent for those hoping to avoid the wait by buying a PS3 from another country.

The UK High Court has ruled that the online importer Lik-Sang's sales of Japanese versions of the Playstation Portable to the UK and European Economic Area are illegal. While gamers might not fret over this, it does set a rather bold precident for Sony to request a similar ruling preventing the import of their "soon to be released" (in North America and Japan) Playstation3 console. Lik-Sang's marketing manager, Pascal Clarysse, was clearly annoyed by the ruling.

"Fighting multiple lawsuits in different countries at the same time and paying high premiums to expensive lawyers is an overwhelming situation for a small company like Lik-Sang. Launching separate court actions with separate claims and different judges is completely unnecessary, except for the fact that it helps reaching one single target: outspend Lik-Sang to death. 'Pay Beyond.'"

Lik-Sang is currently exploring its legal options; but with this recent ruling against them adding to eBay's tightening restrictions on pre-order sales, European gamers may not see the Playstation3 through any channels until the official launch next spring.


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Huh?
By AndreasM on 10/20/2006 4:09:22 PM , Rating: 2
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The UK High Court has ruled that the online importer Lik-Sang's sales of Japanese versions of the Playstation Portable to the UK and European Economic Area are illegal.


Hmm, why does the UK High Court have the authority to decide that it's illegal to import PSPs to the EEA, wouldn't this belong to the European Court of Justice? Or does this have something to do with the fact that Hong Kong was a part of the British empire? Seems odd though, the operative word being 'was'...




RE: Huh?
By Griswold on 10/20/06, Rating: 0
RE: Huh?
By Aikouka on 10/20/2006 5:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
The reason why he's allowed to rule for the whole European Union is probably because of how a product cannot exist in a EU country and not be tradable to another country. I believe that's how the rule goes. So, since the PSP was not allowed in England, because of the copyright issues, it shouldn't have been shippable to any other EU country.

And they say American politics are bollocks!


RE: Huh?
By Griswold on 10/21/2006 5:11:02 AM , Rating: 1
Nope, thats totally wrong.


RE: Huh?
By ghost101 on 10/20/2006 6:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
The UK High Court has no authority to make a ruling that imposes restrictions on the whole of the EU. It has simply made a ruling that can be used by Sony to prevent sales in the UK.


RE: Huh?
By ghost101 on 10/20/2006 6:29:20 PM , Rating: 2
All it does is set a precedent that other EU countries may follow, completely at their discretion. However, the point being made is can Lik-Sang afford to continue selling units in Europe and then face the possibility of lawsuits which may not go in their favour - as shown by the UK case.


RE: Huh?
By Wwhat on 10/20/2006 6:53:50 PM , Rating: 2
Or lik-sang goes to the EU and has the ruling declared illegal and the EU forces its retraction and it's all ok again.


RE: Huh?
By Christopher1 on 10/21/2006 3:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
Bingo! That is what is probably going to happen sooner or later. There becomes the argument that if Sony is selling their product at a 'lesser' cost in Japan than the EU (without taxes), is there price fixing going on?

That would be the real question that I would be asking, why is the price higher in the EU (before taxes) than Japan? There is some argument for the 'shipping costs', but then they could just build a plant in the EU and probably STILL sell them at the same price as in Japan.


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