Originally Posted by Bit_reaper
It will be extra fun when the PS4's start breaking down a few years later and people can't just go out and buy a new one as there games would not work. Oh the joy.
Well perhaps more gamer's will move to PC and a new golden age of PC gaming will begin while Sony cries about them pirates on there hacked PS4's. One can dream right
I wonder how Sony plans on getting around United States Law? Specifically "Fair Use" and the DMCA ( Digital Millennium Copyright Act) with regards to copy protection for archival purposes, which expressly allows the end user to copy software for their own use.
Besides, you'd think that Sony would have a longer memory, especially after the United States Supreme Court ALREADY has ruled (in this case, to protect Sony) in "Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc." While not a direct parallel, it does have some interesting possible extensions.
Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), also known as the “Betamax case”, is a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States which ruled that the making of individual copies of complete television shows for purposes of time shifting does not constitute copyright infringement, but is fair use. The Court also ruled that the manufacturers of home video recording devices, such as Betamax or other VCRs (referred to as VTRs in the case), cannot be liable for infringement. The case was a boon to the home video market as it created a legal safe haven for the technology, which also significantly benefited the entertainment industry through the sale of pre-recorded movies.
As far as the DMCA is concerned, Section 6 already covers it:
(VI) Circumvention for preservation
Section (VI) allows allows circumvention for purposes of preservation by a library or archives, with respect to works in its collection.