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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 crystal clear on 10/22/2006 3:32:13 AM , Rating: 2
"companies do Global Sourcing, why can't private people do the same? "
Laws of your country do not permit you-example Sony/UK courts-PS3.

"Did you notice traditional manufacturing businesses moved out of country? "

IF THE GOVT HAD OFFERED PROTECTION to local industries
Japanese style,then you would not be in a situation like
today.
Ask any American company how tough it is to operate in
Japan & enter their markets & compete there.

"Do you buy only Made in UK products? "

I wish I could I surely would,cause I want my money go to pay salaries to the citizens of UK.

Anyway I do not wish to divert from the subject.


RE: Justice for the buyers
By crystal clear on 10/22/2006 4:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
"Lik-Sang loses PSP case in High Court"

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=...


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