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Sony sues man after he allegedly sold jailbroken PS4 consoles loaded with pirated games

By midian182 · 9 replies
Oct 9, 2018
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  1. As reported by Torrent Freak, the PS4 has remained pretty much piracy free since its release up until this year, when a new jailbreak for consoles running firmware versions up to 4.55 arrived. This led to modded PS4s appearing on sites such as eBay, prompting Sony to take action.

    The Japanese gaming giant has sued Eric David Scales in the US District Court of California for copyright infringement and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) “trafficking” provisions.

    Sony claims Scales, going by the username “Blackcloak13,” was selling the jailbroken PS4s preloaded with 60 pirated games, including Call of Duty: WWII and God of War, on eBay and on his own website.

    Sony bought two of the consoles and confirmed they were modified to circumvent protection measures that stop people from playing pirated titles.

    Scales’ website explains that he’s been modding and jailbreaking consoles for around 12 years, and it encourages people to “stop buying games.” It even features a skull and crossbones pirate symbol, which probably won’t help his case in court.

    Sony is seeking an injunction that will stop Scales from selling any more jailbroken PlayStation 4s. It also demands he disposes of all modded consoles, hard drives, and pirated games that were downloaded. It’s requesting damages, too, and while no exact figure has been revealed, expect it to be high enough to discourage others from doing anything similar.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,100   +1,134

    While I have no issue with people jailbreaking their devices, it's pretty obvious that selling them (not to mention that they are full of illegally obtained games) is clearly against the law.

    He should be punished - while I hate to be siding with Sony, this is a no-brainer.
     
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,972   +1,320

    "Scales’ website explains that he’s been modding and jailbreaking consoles for around 12 years, and it encourages people to “stop buying games.” It even features a skull and crossbones pirate symbol..."

    What a knucklehead. Nothing like poking the bear with a stick. He'll be damn lucky if all he has to deal with is the Sony lawsuit. The feds could easily go after him for copyright violation too.
     
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  4. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 302   +307

    Zero sympathy from an ex pirate.

    His attitude stinks. Anyone profiting from piracy deserves this.

    It's one thing pirating if you can't afford it but this is a whole other league.
     
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  5. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 525   +375

    Well said. Everyone likes to save money (especially when it means not supporting a bad business). But making direct profit from it is too far even for most pirates.
     
  6. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 388   +171

    Poor stupid mister pirate.
     
  7. Adi6293

    Adi6293 TS Enthusiast Posts: 73   +44

    I have to say PS3 and PS4 did pretty well against piracy :)
     
  8. JakeAndrew77

    JakeAndrew77 TS Rookie

    Argh... Tis his own booty that he lost Arrgh...
     
  9. JakeAndrew77

    JakeAndrew77 TS Rookie

    When you pirate, You pirate for yourself, that is the idea of it all. This guy, tried to make pirating into a business, and that is where he messed up bad. As the old saying goes from this once upon a time pirate: Take what you can, give nothing back.... Oh wait, I stole that from Jack Sparrow... Hope they don't sue me for infringement...
     
  10. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +1,501

    People sell modded consoles online all the time. It's hardly anything new.

    Where he screwed up was selling it with games on it. Even if pirating is a legal gray area, SELLING pirated copies is an immediate no-no. That is both blatant and long established to be punishable easily for violation of copyright.

    This guy was a loon if he thought selling pirated games was a good idea.
     

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