Sony v World: Counter-attack

Sony, you are a giant but you don’t have to be a bully.

The latest salvo in Sony v World is that Sony wants users of its Playstation Network to agree not to sue. Imagine going into a “mom and pop” shop on the street and telling the clerk, “I’d like to buy that can of unhomogenized peanut butter.” only to be told, “Sorry, we don’t do business with people who might sue us…”. That should not be part of any model of business no matter the size. Businesses should compete on price/performance and let their quality of service fend off attacks. If people don’t hate you, they are unlikely to sue. That works for me. I have never been sued.

On top of that Sony has finally apologized by glaring security breaches but they did not apologize for installing malware/DRM on people’s PCs when they tried to view a video and they did not apologize for suing GeoHotz when he re-instated the ability to install GNU/Linux on playstations, something Sony once touted as a feature but then tried to block.

There is a pattern of abuse of customers in Sony’s history and it does not look to me as though Sony even understands that it is a bully let alone intends to change its ways. They apologize for lax security and breaches but they don’t apologize for deliberate actions to abuse consumers, actions that are entirely in their control to manage differently.

I think that consumers should boycott Sony until their bottom line informs Sony that consumers hate being bullied.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Sony v World: Counter-attack

  1. Kolter.Online says:

    it’s like you started to read the article and stopped. you can only opt out of agreeing to the I’m-not-going-to-sue if you write a letter to sony.

    you still have to agree to these new terms if you wish to continue to use your PS3 in any online fashion.

    from the article:
    “Those that want to opt out will have to send a letter to Sony’s Los Angeles headquarters in the US.

    Once they do, the subscribers will be able to keep their right to file a class action lawsuit without any need for arbitration.

    But before subscribers have a chance to opt out, they will still be required to agree to the new terms the next time they log into their accounts.

    Otherwise they will not be able to use the online services.”

    this is an issue of freedom
    sony started the PS3 out with freedom, and has been taking it away ever since.

    you used to be able to run linux on it.
    you used to be able to play any movie you wanted
    you used to be able to use alternative firmwares
    you used to be able to sue sony for taking your freedoms to a device you own.

  2. Ivan says:

    Try reading the BBC article that was linked, it insinuates that you still receive updates when you opt out of the no sue clause.

    I realize that is a little more difficult than getting worked up over a Company that you have a clear grudge against, but you’ll find your blood pressure stays lower when you don’t accept a random bloggers word about anything, especially when they are paraphrasing from other sources.

    Robert Pogson is a semi-retired teacher, and generally a nice guy, but if he has a Play Station 3 I will eat my hat.

  3. says:

    Yes, Ivan! Why didn’t the rest of us think about that?

    Considering we PS3 owners bought this platform to play games on, and now if I were to follow your advice and opt out of the agreement, I can’t go online, play with friends, or get game and system patches.

    You’re an effing genius!

  4. Ivan says:

    I like how you neglect to mention that you can opt out of that.

    But good luck with the boycott, you’ll need it.

  5. Ray says:

    Sigh, this reminds me of how people are more likely to sue these days.

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