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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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as usual
By Xavian on 10/20/2006 11:21:38 PM , Rating: 4
As per usual Sony is messing up the system in the UK with frivilous court cases. Right now i honestly fear for the UK legal system, because everything is ass-backwards (i live in the UK and i should know), we have people doing more time in jail for theft then for murder.

When the PS2 was launched, Sony pushed for modchips on the PS2 to be illegal in the UK and once again the court passed the law, all because they didn't want people importing their games early and playing them on a modded PS2. Ofcourse they used piracy as a scare tatic in order to get the ruling, but still not a single other console maker has made modchips illegal in any country.

I for one, will be glad when sony dies. I just hate how they seemlingly love to sh** on anyone or anything just to save their own skins, plus Sony is not even attempting to hide it, which makes it more arrogant then any other company i've known. For Sony, the only way is down.

RE: as usual
By Christopher1 on 10/21/2006 3:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
That ass-backward thing is the same in the United States and other countries as well as the UK. In the United States, most people get more jail time for DRUG POSSESSION, than for murdering someone else.

We need to realize that is backwards, and also realize that most of these 'laws' that they say are protecting people, are really about protecting the 'moral imperative' of religious people and others.

I also have to agree that I will be glad when Sony dies. Their PS3 looks good, and I like the fact that PS2 and PS1 games will play on it, but the freaking PRICE?! Way too expensive for my taste and for most people's taste.

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