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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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The truth in the shit
By daftrok on 10/20/2006 4:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
The concern that Sony has with this is because they are already pressed with the number of PS3's at launch. If people from Europe or Austrailia buy PS3s, there will be even fewer consoles for Japan and US. So to avoid this, they simply ban it temporarily. Shitty, yes. Thinking about the consumers, yes. Sucks to be in Europe or Austrailia, yes.

RE: The truth in the shit
By AxemanFU on 10/20/2006 4:19:58 PM , Rating: 5
I don't even want to pretend to understand the legal issues involved here, but the philosophical issues are very bothersome. A company can have it rendered illegal to purchase and then re-sell a physical product just because they don't want that re-seller to beat them to a new market with their own product? In essence to restrict the free market flow of goods that benefits everyone in the end? That's just freakin retarded, if you ask me. If Sony doesn't want them floating around to all available markets, they shouldn't freakin sell ANY of them until they are ready. That goes for anyone else segmenting markets like this. I mean, deal with your own supply problems Sony, and don't get some big legal collossus to bail you out. I say this as a disinterested party, as I don't use or own consoles. I just hate retarded trade laws with no clear purpose other than to restrict freedoms.

RE: The truth in the shit
By BladeVenom on 10/20/2006 7:00:08 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, those laws do seem very anti-freemarket.

If I was European, I think I'd be offended at how hard Sony is trying to keep Europe from getting their products. Treating Europeans as unwanted customers has to be bad for business in the long run.

RE: The truth in the shit
By daftrok on 10/20/06, Rating: -1
RE: The truth in the shit
By Madellga on 10/21/2006 2:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
Please learn to write before posting. It looks like pimp talking.

RE: The truth in the shit
By daftrok on 10/21/06, Rating: -1
RE: The truth in the shit
By Madellga on 10/21/2006 3:17:01 PM , Rating: 2
Like Homer says, TV can teach you just about everything.....

RE: The truth in the shit
By Wwhat on 10/21/2006 8:26:48 AM , Rating: 3
"first come first serve" what made you come first?
Because you are fat? or what

RE: The truth in the shit
By Burning Bridges on 10/21/2006 4:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
I hear premature ejaculation is a big problem nowadays

RE: The truth in the shit
By Wwhat on 10/21/2006 8:20:47 AM , Rating: 2
Thinking about the consumers? oh the europeans aren't even consumers anymore now, how about the EU bans goddamn sony and they lose a market of 450 million people? perhaps that will make them happy.

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