In the latest episode of the Lik-Sang Saga, Sony admits that its senior staff bought PSPs from what are now deemed illegal sources, reports the BBC.
The UK High Court ruled last week that gaming e-tailer Lik-Sang's importation of Japanese PSPs to the UK and European Economic Area as illegal, citing that Japanese units were not certified to European safety standards. Sony then took legal action against Lik-Sang, which purportedly caused the e-tailer to shutdown.
Lik-Sang subsequently posted a notice on its Web site explaining the reason behind its closure, plus naming several Sony directors who illegally imported PSP units through the site.
Sony responded by denying any direct involvement in the shutdown of Lik-Sang while expressing its surprise that the e-tailer would reveal the specific names of its customers.
Sony admits its directors have bought PSPs from Lik-Sang, but are defending their actions by saying they the products were bought in order to check the nature of the goods that were being sold.
According to the BBC, the latest development in the grey-market crackdown is that a British judge ruled that it is illegal for the firm to import the Japanese version of PlayStation 3s into Europe ahead of its official release in March 2007.
The European gaming population will face more challenges than ever in importing Sony hardware. Sony, however, believes European gamers to be a patient bunch.
quote: citing that Japanese units were not certified to European safety standards.
quote: LOL, aren't the plugs different anyway? You would have to buy a converter to even turn it on in Europe regardless, thus making their argument null.
quote: I'm in the UK and European certifications can vary depending on product. A manufacturer can just stick "CE" sign on some product if they assert it meets all applicable regulations. However for electrical products such as playstation many apply. eg Low Voltage directive, RFI emissions (our equivalent of the USA FCC regulations), which incur testing charges.
The UK product could be identical to the Japan one, OR it might have toroidial cores fitted to cables to keep RF emissions down to European levels. Or other differences.
quote: Sony admits its directors have bought PSPs from Lik-Sang, but are defending their actions by saying they the products were bought in order to check the nature of the goods that were being sold.
quote: Excuse me, but Lik-Sang makes about 1 million dollars a year in profit, if that. Sony makes over 20 BILLION dollars in profit a year.
quote: What really makes me laugh is that you think Sony killed Lik-Sang