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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: Justice for the buyers
By Christopher1 on 10/21/2006 3:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I didn't know that imported goods = no support.

I thought that the Limited Warranties and stuff were still in force in other countries. Actually, come to think of it, most companies WILL honor limited warranties from other countries, why wouldn't Sony?

It seems that this isn't about 'protecting the consumer' or even about protecting the dealers. It appears to be about protecting a price-fixing scheme by Sony, in order to inflate THEIR profits.

RE: Justice for the buyers
By Burning Bridges on 10/21/2006 4:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
it's OK wii "don't mind"

RE: Justice for the buyers
By Madellga on 10/21/2006 10:16:48 PM , Rating: 2
Normally to get warranty for imported gods you have to send it back, which is expensive considering shipping and you may end paying taxes for a 2nd time.

If you buy stuff in US and take to Europe, for example, there is normally no warranty.

Exception is Dell and IBM, they give international warranty for Notebooks, as far I as I know.

Sony does not honor warranty outside country of sale (perhaps only inside EU they have to do that).

This was even the reason for a JVC (or Panasonic or Toshiba, I forgot) TV ad some years ago, the message was: Sony will not support you internationally, but we will....

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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