Weird Wednesday: User Sues Sony Because Users Can’t Sue Sony


By: Stephen Crane (Photo: Flickr user steakpinball)

According to a report by Gamespot, a man in Northern California has begun a lawsuit against Sony. The grounds for the lawsuit: because the man can't sue Sony.

You may remember last September after the whole PSN hacking debacle, that Sony released new firmware for the PlayStation 3 along with a new terms of service and a new End User License Agreement for us to sign. The court documents GameSpot obtained said the North Carolina man is taking on the burden of all the PlayStation 3 customers because the new terms of service were buried near the bottom of a 21-page document only readable when prompted to agree to them. The opt-out option for these new terms of service were only valid for 30 days and by physically mailing a letter to Sony telling them you did not agree to that portion of the agreement.

This is legally one of the most fascinating lawsuits for the gaming community as it stands, and it's been a long time coming. If this does go to court, it will be the test of exactly what can or cannot be in an end user license agreement, and just how legally binding they are. It's the question that's been asked for a while, but never really tested. With the increasing popularity of companies forcing us to give up the right to sue them, it was only a matter of time before this was tested. As it stands, the latest Xbox 360 update asked users to forgo the same right, as does EA's Origin service.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is not a class action lawsuit. It is one man going up against Sony, which is why he may be able to sue. I would like to applaud the man, whomever he may be, and wish him luck in this lawsuit. I will be paying special attention to this case and I hope it goes through.

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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