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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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RE: How is that?
By Lord Evermore on 10/21/2006 4:35:06 AM , Rating: 3
If the copyright infringement is actually occurring in Japan, where they do the exporting, but importing into the UK isn't illegal, then how does a UK judge determine that they have to stop doing it?

Two towns side by side, A and B. It's illegal in town B to sell product X outside of town B. In town A, it's legal to buy product X from other towns. Somebody in A buys X from a seller in B. Judge in A tells the seller in B that he has to stop selling?

Are the basing it on the principle of tattling? Sony tells on Lik-Sang to all the other countries, instead of taking it to a Japanese court and just stopping the exporting cold, and the UK says "you can't sell to our citizens because you aren't allowed to sell them at all"?


RE: How is that?
By Madellga on 10/21/2006 2:15:23 PM , Rating: 2
I know that in some countries, Sony has a price list and it is forbidden for the retailers to give a discount.

If they are caught, the consequences are:
1) Allocation is lost
2) They get kicked and cannot sell Sony in the future.

I experienced that first hand years ago, when I wanted to buy a Sony TV and after researching, all street stores had the same price. I asked all about a discount, which was denied in all stores. One store manager told me why (the explanation above). I was finally able to find a store willing to give a discount (15%), but I was asked not to "spread" the good news....


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