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Sony to 'block PS3 Euro imports'

Sony has said it will use the "full scope of the law" to block the importing of PlayStation 3s (PS3) into Europe before its official release.

The much-anticipated games console goes on sale in the US and Japan next month but is not out in Europe until 2007.

Last week a British judge ruled that Taiwanese import/export firm Lik-Sang could not sell the Japanese version of Sony's handheld PSP in Europe.

The case sets a precedent for would-be importers of PlayStation 3 consoles.

A spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) told the BBC: "The law is clear, and grey importing PS2, PSP or PS3 into the EU, without the express permission of SCEE is illegal.

"Therefore, we will utilise the full scope of the law to put a stop to any retailers who chose to do this."

The PlayStation 3 has cost billions of dollars to produce
Critics of Sony's approach feel that the electronics giant is preventing gamers in Europe from getting their hands on PlayStation 3s early, even if they have to pay a hefty premium.

The spokesman said: "Ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards."

He pointed out that the Japanese or American PS3 models would not play older European-sold software for the first two PlayStations, would not play EU Blu-ray movies or DVDs, and would not be covered by a warranty.

The decision to delay the release of the PS3 in Europe - due to stock shortages of vital components for the machine's Blu-ray player - came as a blow to players in the world's second-biggest games market.

The machine will be released in Europe in March, while it goes on sale on November 17 in the US and November 11 in Japan.

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BIadestarX3900d ago

Why is sony doing this? They should thank them for bring to Europe something that they couldn't do. Are they still trying to find ways to piss Europeans off?

VirtualGamer3900d ago

This issue was covered back on the 19th with Sony winning a lawsuit against online retailer Lik-Sang.

http://www.news4gamers.com/...

Sony has warned that it will take legal action against anyone engaging in grey importing of its products after scoring a High Court victory over online retailer Lik-Sang.

In his ruling yesterday, Judge Michael Fysh found that Lik-Sang - which offered Japanese PSPs to European consumers via its website - was in breach of intellectual property rights.

Lik-Sang had claimed that it was operating within the law as the company is based in Hong Kong, and has no trading presence in the UK or European Economic Area.

But, as reported by the Financial Times, Judge Fysh ruled that, "The acts of which the complaint is made have, in my view, been perpetrated not in Hong Kong but here in the EEA, and without Sony's consent."

Sony declined to comment directly on the case. However, a spokesperson did tell GI.biz: "The law is clear; grey importing PS2, PSP or PS3 into the EU, without the express permission of SCE is illegal. Therefore, we will utilise the full scope of the law to put a stop to any retailers who chose to do this."

It has nothing to do with pissing Europeans off. I am sure if it was Europeans selling systems in the U.S. they would stop it as well.

Boink3900d ago (Edited 3900d ago )

quote:
The spokesman said: "Ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards."

So what, the ps3's being made for US/Japan right now are not good enough for european standards, so that's why sony is fighting to prevent them from getting their hands on it?

it's official, I don't understand sony.

EnforcerOfTheTruth3900d ago

...warranty with it, as in Europe every product has 1-2 years warranty.
It's nothing new, same was with NES, SNES, Genesis, Mega Drive, PS1, PS2, etc. The companies want to keep the markets didvided and it has mostly to do with warranty. You can't just bring a US/J console to an European warranty service.

VirtualGamer3900d ago

It has to do with taxes and ensuring the products meets the saftey standards of the country they are being sold in.