PS3 “Banned in Europe”


European imports of the PS3 have been suspended for at least 10 days after Sony lost an important legal battle against rival LG.

Korean electronics giant LG is alleging the PS3 infringes patents it holds on technology used in the Blu-ray format, and has been seeking various injunctions on its sale and import as part of its ultimate goal of wringing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from Sony in markets around the world.

European courts recently granted one such injunction, in the form of a 10 day freeze on PS3 imports (said to be 100,000 a week), which are now piling up in a warehouse under the custody of European customs authorities.

European sales of the PS3 itself are unaffected, but as these sales are dependent on imports retailers are now only able to sell whatever stock it is they have on hand – assuming the injunction is not extended, it is thought supplies should be sufficient to allow continued availability.

Needless to say, any further injunction is likely to be a colossal setback for Sony.

Sony for its part has been busy suing LG back, seeking various injunctions on its products as well, as part of a much larger patent war between the two.

Coming not long after Sony managed to get German police to raid the homes of PS3 hackers and seize their computers (a move which predictably backfired immediately as all their code was subsequently spread far and wide as the “screw you” effect kicked in), sympathy for Sony is understandably in short supply.

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    Avatar of Kuraudo
    Comment by Kuraudo
    20:36 01/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The entire patent system is a gigantic fraud in its current state anyway. It's no surprise that these sort of underhanded tactics using lawyer scum will ultimately harm us, the consumer, the most.

    Avatar of Crim
    Comment by Crim
    01:16 02/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    HEY! Dont sue me! Sue me and Ill Sue you for Sueing me!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ahh sony.. trying to hand pat out the inferno on the top floor while the rest of the 100 floor tower burns below them~

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 05/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hate samsung,LG,and all other korean based ! MMO too

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    Comment by Myballz
    16:13 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like a tip over cruse ship and its sinking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But there's helicopters up there.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Say that to the people that were working inside the Twin Towers on 9/11.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    02:15 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll sit in the jury box and make chit chat! ChiT ChaT! CHIT CHAT!!!


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    Comment by caiooa
    07:57 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lawyer scum? I hate to say this, but if sony break the patent of lg in bluray tecnology, they aren't better than chinese patent breakers. Sony oficials should just be real mans and create their own tecnology or pay for using the tecnology someone else developed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    real mans

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering that blue-ray has been around at least 15 year now.....they probably are arguing about some minor compression-type or something.

    It's unbecoming really and more importantly: hampering the market.

    "Because I don't care who sell what as long as I get what I want. And f-c-u-k the rest of them pricks. "

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One tech giant sues another over patents, the other sues back, the case is settled outside the courtroom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The lawyers are wearing shit-faced smiles today.
    And tomorrow.
    Probably for the next ten years.

    Cause then they will be rolling 'round in ghysal-greens; squeaking like chocobos.

    Next on CNN: The industry screws you over; again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Case in point Apple sueing HTC over over the android Os With google in court over it too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are playing for the gallery.
    It's not about them; it's about making the others seem bad.

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    Comment by Jeen
    19:31 01/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    So Sony are pirates too?

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    Comment by Nin
    21:51 01/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    European lawmakers themselves are criminals too, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 02/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    As is the police. Reverse engineering whatever is not even forbidden under German law. The hackers got their homes raided on what isn't even a case.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 05/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hate korean

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That'd be the World police putting out pressure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 01/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    How can LG claim anything from Blu-ray technology when it was the porn industry that invented it?

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    Comment by chengsta
    21:39 01/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Fighting between corporation giants, awesome!'s only a matter of time now before they start deploying armored cores against each other!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope they have some good parts hidden in their warehouse for me to raid for my core. I could use a head unit with better radar...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    12:41 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They would employ mercenaries against each other if there were no governments in the way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:09 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Nice! Will sell mine if prices go up. It's mostly useless here in Europe anyway, since we don't get most of the Japanese games and versions that make it superior to the 360. We can't even import them (at somewhat normal prices), because Sony goes after shops that'll sell to Europeans ... So much for "region free" ... You COULD play imported games on that overprized paperweight if you could only buy them ... F*** you Sony! Hope they'll die! >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I never quite got why they have to restrict importing on a region-free console.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They don't. It's an attempt to keep people from getting a better price from an overseas person who can sell the things at 'less cost' because Sony is giving it to them at less cost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Life ain't so good for you anymore now, is it Sony? lol

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    Comment by obro
    20:57 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    I honestly feel sorry for sony.

    They are honestly the best console in this gen.All other consoles went for casual market.
    Wii has big amount of waggle and a few good title.
    Xbox only focuses on COD and Halo games and has brought us nothing except for graphical stagnation and overpriced DLC. Sony has released some of the most unorthodox and original games like LBP and Valkyria when it suffered the most because of it's price and bad 3rd party games.

    Playstation is the last console that actually cares about "hardcore" gamers.

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    Comment by PEONY CRACKERS
    22:17 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I agree with this entirely. I almost regret buying my Xbox. Or I /would/ if it wasn't for Deadly Premonition, but that's like the only excellent Xbox exclusive. Every other great game on the Xbox is also available on the PS3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon 23:52

    1. Made it easily pirateable, huh? Lol. PSP is easy to pirate games on, so was the Dreamcast. You say the original Xbox was "easily pirateable"... now, there's one link between all of these consoles: they didn't sell well (compared to competition). Your logic lacks something there.
    The ease of playing "backups" isn't an important aspect or a marketing trick. PS1 was obviously better than Saturn, which couldn't handle 3D well and more advanced than N64, which is why it succeeded. PS2 offered games that were more sophisticated, richer in content and could play DVDs, unlike the Dreamcast (which was also abandoned by some companies in favor of PS2), which is why it sold well.

    2. That's no excuse. HDMI ports on Core bundles were added in late 2007. That's 3 years after it's initial release. 2 years after PS3 was released.

    3. If both consoles can do it, why use it as an argument against either one?

    4. PS3's failure rate fits within the acceptable norm, unlike Xbox's. I heard they decreased the failure rate in the Jasper ones a little bit. They still break more often than the PS3's anyway.

    5. Good point.

    6. See point 2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes they have done cheap stunts.

    1. They made the PS1 easily pirateable and PS2 easy pirateable as well. So was the Xbox too, just following in the footsteps of a great champion, this was a cheap tactic widespread piracy to make their machines popular,

    2. XBOX 360 was released WWWWAAAYYY before the HDMI cable became popular or when the LCD TVs became cheap (Check you facts before your accusations champ). The recent ones have HDMI and keep in mind 2 Xboxs < 1 PS3 no matter what you say. Same can be said for the Wii, even though Xboxes released before Wii (WHY AREN'T YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT THE WII HYPOCRITE). This can lead to 2 conclusions, your shop is selling outdated Xboxes or you bought one before HDMI became popular.

    3. Region-Free that's also a benefit and also a cheap tactic however the Xbox 360 can do that too.

    4. Sony's YLOD cause of overheating much like the Xbox 360 though not as numerous, prolly cause they didn't use cheap parts.

    5. Before you jump the gun. Sony products don't get replaced even if they screw-up, none whatsoever even if there was a major fault in all their products. Microsoft has a 3 year warranty and they do replace/fix-up your machine. I know this was after a massive court battle but it is a point, they will help you not only that Microsoft does have fantastic customer service (they even supplied me with a cheap PS for my US xbox 360 to work in Australia).

    6. I have a Core bundle and it has a HDMI port.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I bought my 360 solely for Fable 2... Imagine my anger/disappointment when it turned out that the sequel to a great game is an arcade beat-em-up where your character is invincible from the very start... bought a PS3 a couple months later.

    360 is a faulty product lacking many features present in the cheapest PS3 variant. Microsoft are the ones that should be sued, not Sony. I mean, shit, the 360s of the Core bundle didn't even have the HDMI-out, what a scam. It's a next gen console, for crying out loud. Not to mention ovepriced HDDs, WiFi adapters, controllers with crappy d-pads, RRODs... I can't recall Sony doing such cheap stunts to get more cash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I suggest boycott to all freakin' LG products.
    Nay they offer a shitlike product, but this is too much I believe.
    I think, if You turn your ass to a people (for bigger money) -- go burn in hell!!! LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No, they don't offer a shitlike product. LG stuff is widely regarded as one of the best products you can buy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    how can lg claim that?
    blu-ray was invented by sony

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    Comment by onitake
    22:08 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    because the technologies involved in bluray are all but invented by sony. take for example the video codecs: thomson holds a large share of the patents, so does lg, and many others. and that doesn't even mean they were the ones who invented the math behind it.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    12:49 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually BD was not 100% developed by Sony.
    A consortium worked together on the format with various companies developing key technologies.
    TDK for example came up with the coating that eliminated the need for the discs to be kept in a cartridge.
    LG is a huge company larger then Sony in fact they're the second largest company in South Korea and likely invested a lot of capital in the R&D for the format.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't trust wiki

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Korea > Japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wish this kind of thing would happen to Microsoft as well. :) Then people will finally move to PC gaming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    PC gaming... dominated by MICROSOFT ITSELF HURF DURF

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol! I've hated LG since realizing their logo is merely a ever-so-slightly modified Pacman.

    .. I think LG ripped off Namco!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    God people this is an INJUNCTION, the court hasn't sided with anyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LG Life is Good ^_^

    Sony FUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pot calling the kettle black, LG is serial patent infriger. They're very good at playing the patent game.

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    Comment by Girla PurpleHeart
    06:20 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow, way the fucking go LG. Oh wait, they didn't outlaw PS3. Oh well...


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    Comment by Dragon88
    15:58 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LG is being an ass holes

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    05:18 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do I smell an LG console just to spite Sony?.... eh, probably not.

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