Sony warns against grey importing

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."

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PS360WII6342d ago

Sony finally wins a lawsuit and I'm sure people are going to be mad that this is the one they win...

PS360PCROCKS6342d ago

What the hell? They sued a website for selling videogames to other countries? I don't get this at ALL

Raist6342d ago

Meh, that's lame.

I hope it won't be the same for games, because i don't see the point of making the PS3 region free then =/

OC_MurphysLaw6342d ago

Sony didn't make the PS3 region free for gamers. They made it region free for developers and its another argument for use of their blu-ray disc capacity. All games on one disc regardless of region means they can "stamp" out disc's faster as they won't need to change out the software being put on disc, etc.

That said, with the prices varying in each country and exchange rates being better for some than others Sony would "lose" money as would developers if they let people mass import games from other regions that give them a favorable exchange rate.

12Volt6342d ago

Good Analysis...

@kewlkat, Sony didnt invent the law, try buying a dell and "give" it to somebody in lets say.. argentina. Not possible. It's still considered exports.. for example, if you walked into america with an apple in your hand that came from a different country, you'd get a penalty for it.. the laws is there to protect the developers no matter how "free" it cost you.

kewlkat0076342d ago

If I was to own a PS3 for the first 2 months and for some reason I did not like it. Why couldn't I sell it to somebody over seas that's willing to pay the price to get it from me? Would that be illegal to sell what I do not want?

Anyhow it sounds dumb...wether they are not sony is being profitable, as a comsumer I'm out looking for the best bang for my bucks even if it means importing.

No wonder sony has screwed the rest of the world over when they slashed thier prices in thier own backyard.

PS360WII6342d ago

You are just going to have to sell it to someone a little closer. You'll still get good money for it though.

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Epic Games reportedly hacked by a ransomware gang, nearly 200GB of Internal Data stolen

From GameWatcher: "Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, has reportedly been hacked, resulting in the theft of nearly 200 gigabytes of internal data.

That is according to ransomware group Mogilevich, who claims to have “quietly attacked Epic Games’ servers”."

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OtterX1d 16h ago

I have several hundred games on the Epic Store. I've bought zero. I've played maybe 10 or less of them. I'm not worried. *Back to Steam*

1nsomniac8h ago

Not sure what logic is supposed to be backed up by this argument. Whether the hack is true or not it’s likely they’ve got all the same information whether you’ve ever bought games or even whether you play them or not. As with the majority of these industry hacks. Going back to Steam literally makes absolutely zero difference to the situation… and it’s not even like Steam has never been hacked either…. I don’t get it.

KwietStorm_BLM8h ago

So you have an account then? What games you own hardly has anything to do with it. User logins and financials were exposed. Login credentials from one account can easily be linked to another.

OtterX8h ago

I never gave them my credit card number, and my account has 2FA anyways.

Just saying, this doesn't surprise me with Epic. But yea, sorry for those of you who have spent money there, hope your CC's are safe. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Just, not surprised, that's all.

Sonic18815h ago

I bought a few games on the Epic Store as well, but I'm still not worried about it.

XiNatsuDragnel1d 12h ago

Hot take I want jackrabbit 3d to come out now from epic since they can publish games Like that.

CrimsonWing698h ago

Oh great… so glad I have an account with them…

SDuck8h ago

sh*t I do have RDR2 there since it was limited to Epic on release

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Top 10 Iconic Cars In The Need For Speed Games

The Nerd Stash: "Here are the best iconic cars in the Need For Speed games that have become the signature of this franchise in the past two decades."

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Last of Us director Neil Druckmann says he doesn´t think he has many more big games left in him

Naughty Dog's boss says “everything has been incredibly stressful” since Uncharted 2's release

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OtterX1d 9h ago (Edited 1d 9h ago )

I can actually respect that. My kids are also number 1 in my life, and I've backed off of many things that hindered that before too. Even w gaming, my gaming habits have evolved to include more actual gaming time shared with them.

The_Hooligan1d 6h ago

I can relate to that. I got a 3 year old and he's still young to give me company while playing games so I usually just play on Friday, Saturday nights when he and the wifey are asleep. And that's if we are not out somewhere so the overall game time has definitely reduced for me. But no complaints from me, watching the little grow is the best thing. But I will say this, getting a PlayStation portal couple of weeks ago has definitely been a blessing. While my better half watches her shows I can keep her company and do my thing.

OtterX1d 5h ago (Edited 1d 5h ago )

Yea, I really want a Portal! I have a 7 year old, a 4 year old, but we also just had a new baby at the end of December... right now, I'm all over my Switch bc I can't be confined to the living room tv. I had to prioritize getting stuff for the baby rather than buying a Portal this year (or a Steam Deck!) But handhelds are certainly godsends for parents of little ones for sure! Parenthood is amazing, isn't it? Especially when we start to share that gaming passion w them. My 7 year old is really appreciating retro NES, SNES gaming too, even PS1 & N64, as it brings a smile to her face playing what Daddy was playing as a kid. :)