Originally Posted by rmp459
With a car, any major modification is potentially voiding a mfg warranty with 10's of thousands of dollars.
How does that relate to modifying a ps3?
It's the same thing. No car manufacturer will sue you if you mod their car. Sure, if you get into some crazy tuning, or plunk some crate motor in, don't expect warranty coverage - but also, don't expect the car company to be suing you either. If modifications were "illegal", the whole speed industry would have been dust long, long ago - like no Fronty Fords, deuce coupes, no blowers, no rodding, no Edelbrock, no B&M - hey, not even tires that are decent - all would be illegal, and you'd be stuck with the factory spec'd Uniroyals.
With software - I don't see MS suing anyone for changing the theme of the desktop, or dual booting thei system, or patching it with "unapproved" drivers, and so on. So why should Sony even have a second in court with this garbage?
Again, if this hacker was into reverse engineering, then cranking out a product that directly competed with Sony, like his own console of his own design - that is a different matter. But this is nothing more than customing a system. Sony should have to pay a hefty fine for this trivial, fradulent lawsuit. Maybe the US really has to think about putting "loser pays" into their court system, because then, actions like this would only happen if there was a clear case, not just some harassment of a private citizen doing their own thing.
Sad thing is the Big Brother bogeyman is attempting to involve the operators of various, hobby oriented web sites. This raises real questions - like really, if this case "succeeds" - goodbye Overclock.net, because much of what is discussed here would be illegal, because much of it is all about various modifications. Overclocking - illegal because Intel told you what the GHz is. Putting in your own video card - illegal because the motherboard already has some integrated video that you must use, and using an additional card is "circumventing" their design. Case mods - illegal because the case has been modified, and that means lawyers must be involved.
Sony is silly, and if they aren't selling PS3's in the quantity they want, perhaps they should make them suck less.