Want to play your Playstation 3 now that the Playstation Network is accessible? That’s no problem – as long as you sign away your right to file a class action lawsuit against the company when you install the latest update.
Obviously worried about the fallout of any future security flaws or network outages, Sony’s lawyers have drawn a line in the sand. The relevant text is as follows:
ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS, WHETHER IN ARBITRATION OR COURT, WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR AS A NAMED OR UNNAMED MEMBER IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL LEGAL ACTION.
“What?!” you might say, “they can’t do this!” But unfortunately, if you live in the United States, they actually can. Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court decided that AT&T had the right to force arbitration upon its customers, thus dismantling a class action lawsuit. Courts in other countries might be less cooperative with Sony’s policy, however.
Surprisingly, there is an opt-out clause in the user agreement. If you don’t like the cut of Sony’s jib, you can send them a letter to 6090 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The letter must be sent to the attention of the Legal Department/Arbitration and include your name, address, PSN account number and a statement that you do not wish to enter arbitration should any disagreements arise. Of course, this opt-out is more of a symbolic gesture, as you’ll have trouble finding others who still have the right to join in a class action lawsuit with you.
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Source: Ars Technica