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European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments in legal dispute

LG granted preliminary injunction against Sony; only 'two to three weeks' worth of stock' in the channel

Shipments of PS3 consoles have been seized by European customs officers as an LG injunction against Blu-ray technology seeks to block Sony products from sale, according to a report in The Guardian this afternoon.

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Raendom3151d ago

I remember seeing this on techspy a few months back: http://cdn.mashable.com/wp-...

It's pretty funny, so much suing!

WildArmed3151d ago

Lol, the legal team has to be working on someting no?
We don't want them to not be earning their $$ xD

zootang3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

This just makes me not want to buy LG products. Not that I ever did before.

Dante1123151d ago

10 day ban, huh. Sony will have to negotiate with LG if they want it lifted.

zootang3151d ago

Also anyone know of the actual infringements?

Inside_out3151d ago Show
rockleex3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

Wait, whatever happened to Sony's case against LG?

Were LG phones temporarily seized like this also?

StbI9903151d ago Show
paintsville3151d ago

Wow. I didn't see that coming. But if Sony's really infringing on LG's patents then I don't blame them.
This could be trouble for Sony.

king dong3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

LG have just become the most hated company on n4g!! even more so than activision..

sharpen you pitch-forks folks, sound the bugle.... sony needs you more than ever

edit below...lol what do you think sony is just going to let them disappear?? expect a 100 agrees and a bubble though

AzaziL3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

Well sony is rumored to be making a hackproof PS3 to release this summer, so I can actually see sony just letting it happen to get rid of all the hackable PS3s. The new PS3s probably don't have parts that infringe on LGs copyrights so it'll all work out for them.

Undeadwolfy3151d ago

@Raendom, in that image of "Who's Suing Whom" there needs to be an arrow from Sony suing LG and Geohot lol. But ya as a commenter wrote below, if you are on a gaming site such as N4G then you support gaming meaning you really should support Sony and not LG. :\

kesvalk3150d ago

@AzaziL

wow, i can't believe comments can get this stupid...

Legion3150d ago (Edited 3150d ago )

@zootang

Here is a link to the U.S. complaint filed on 4 Feb 2011. I am pretty confident that the EU complaint runs under similar form.

http://www.itcblog.com/wp-c...

Also, in the claim it also looks like they are seeking to make sure that Sony will no longer be able to service or store any PS3s that are currently on the market. (at least in the U.S. claim) Ouch...

AzaziL3150d ago (Edited 3150d ago )

Great input, got anything better to say?

I only said what I said because of the new PS3 SKU rumors and the recent PS3 price drop. Sony probably would prefer to have the hackable PS3s removed from the market once a hackproof PS3 is available.

Whether that happens through a fire sale or letting LG seize their shipments if the injunction is extended , who knows.

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rrw3151d ago

actually if Sony can make just what Nintendo did which creating demand and hype because of shortage. this would be interesting

Ddouble3151d ago

Yea, I was thinking the same thing and this will definitely be in the papers so free advertising as well.

B1663r3151d ago

From the article:

"Alternatively, the Korean company could apply for a court order to get the consoles destroyed"

So not only are they gonna sieze those bad boys, but they are also gonna put them all in the shredder.

badz1493151d ago

they will need a larger blender for THAT lol!

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

p/s: nothing against the iPad though!

FailOverHero3151d ago

"If it infringes on the patents then by all means Sony should cough up and pay any fees due to LG. Besides, it's not as if Sony wouldn't do the same if it was the other way around."...oh wait, they already did. Did anyone here call them(sony) names when they were doing it? Of course not, SONY can do no wrong right? Sony is always right. Always! Sony can't ever be wrong, EVER! Not even if there's a fire!

DJMarty3151d ago

Both LG & Sony are part of the Blu-ray Group as are other electronic makers. You would assume that any Blu-ray patents held would be shared.

StbI9903151d ago

They cannot do wrong mate, sony is our god, they provided me with my ps1 and ps2 and ps3, SCREW LG who didn;t bring us gamer NATING.

TacoTaru3151d ago

I guess Sony has been pirating LG's stuff.

MrBeatdown3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

Do you ever have anything better to contribute than these lame attacks on PS3 fanboys?

You try to pretend you're so much better, but your comments do nothing but add to the problem.

Legion3150d ago

@ DJMARTY

It appears it is the playback portion of the Blu ray player that is being addressed here. Related to how the data is read and interpreted compared to patents that LG owns out right within EU and U.S. at least.

lexington3150d ago

First Sony copies xbox live with psn, then sony copies achievements with tropies, then sony copies wii with move, now sony is caught coping yet another company, LG. When are they going to have an original idea?

DragonKnight3150d ago

@lexington: first Microsoft copies Dreamcast Online with Live, then Microsoft copies already present in-game achievements with their own version, then Microsoft copies EyeToy with Kinect. can't Microsoft ever have an original idea?

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lelo2play3151d ago

LOL... it wasn't Microsoft who paid for Geohot's legal fees, it was LG.

Undeadwolfy3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

lol.

@shooterexpert, I have a 37" Sony Bravia Motionflow. Tis epic, no ghosting. Love the quality and 3 year guarantee. =D

shooterexpert3151d ago

lol Sony should have never sued LG. Lg makes amazing tvs though, I love my 55 inch LG led. Refresh rate is 2.4 ms super fast so no ghosting what so ever.

Paybacks a bitch huh lol.

Trroy3150d ago (Edited 3150d ago )

You know that the newest LCD screen tech, which allows ultra fast response times, was created and patented by Sony, right? LG probably pays a fair amount to Sony to make the screens for TVs like yours -- they may even purchase the screens from Sony and Samsung, which share screen manufacturing facilities in South Korea (where LG is located), as I recall.

Oh the irony.

Vherostar3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

Well all that will happen from this is LG will stop the sale of PS3 for 10 days. Sony gets a TON of free advertising. Everybody is a winner as LG couldn't possibly beat Sony in court and I don't think they really want to. This is all about respect more than anything from Sony and them 10 days gets them just that. As This will eventually stop stop ALL Blu-ray players including LG blu-ray players too.

zeddy3151d ago

it will especialy be annoying if this affects the ngp release date, thanks LG.

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Cherchez La Ghost3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

How?! Look what Sony did to them first. Sony said to the US trade commission that LG used patent tech for LG phones. It was predicted in December 2010 LG would strike back. You start a fight, you finish it.

LoL!! Funny I got disagrees. "Google it" and see if I'm lying.

Da One3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

Damn right ghost you start it, you finish.... bring a gun to a knife fight, a knife to a fist, you wanna win, it's by any means necessary. If they didn't Sony should've expected the retaliation.

Darth_Bane793151d ago

You are not lying, but what you are stating does show that LG IS butthurt, because of what Sony did to them.. you get it?

Billy_Dee_Williams3151d ago

The fact that you got disagrees is irrelevant to whether or not you are lying. If your comment is not overwhelmingly pro sony, you will get disagrees. I dont even have a 360 but the amount of sony fanboyism on this site is annoying.

Da One3151d ago

yeah i can tell by the disagree's we all have....

JAMurida3151d ago

@ all above

All you have to say is *****360****** and watch the disagrees fllllllllllllllloooowwwwwwwwww wwwwwwwwwwwwww in like water, lol.

Fanboys...

HSx93151d ago

Wanna get a lot of agrees? Write sOmething positive about Sony and the Sony fanboys will rape u with Agrees

olLANDSHARKlo3151d ago

But but but they have so many games to play, they don't have time for N4G. They will be on here one minute saying they have great games, and be on here all day, not playing these great games. These kids need to realize $ony and M$ are out to make the almighty dollar, they don't give a crap about you, just buy their system.

insomnium23150d ago (Edited 3150d ago )

What a circlejerking pile of x360 fanboys. Get lost the lot of you. Da one how can you tell the fanboyism on this site since you all have even more agrees than disagrees. WTH? Based on that this place is neutral AT BEST. Mght be pro x360 even so what gives?

Most of the comments on this chain are so bad I cannot believe they got the amount of agrees they did. So much for this site being pro Sony.

My b-spec driver is earning some experience atm so that's why I have the time to be here now. I'm letting the ai drive and I'm waiting for the postman to bring me a new exclusive game for my PS3 (should arive today). How about that?

This news does not affect me whatsoever since I've had a PS3 since launch. I have all the games I need atm. Right now I'm playing GT5, Demon's Souls, KZ3 and Dead Space 2. That's a lot of games to squeeze in the limited time I have for gaming. Neptunia will be added to that soon. You guys are f*cking jelous nothing more. Sad bunch.

RememberThe3573150d ago

@HSx9: That didn't seem to work out too well in your post above. Your not a s slick as you seem to think you are.

On Topic: This isn't over. And I don't get way anyone should be "striking back". If you infringed on a patent refute the patent or pay out.

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lee_ten3150d ago

oh it goes both ways. write something sony/ps3 positive and get raped by multiple account trolls and 360 fanboys who think they're better than anyone else when they do the EXACT SAME THING.

DragonKnight3150d ago

@Lando Calrissian: You're one to talk Mr. 3 Bubbles. Guess people don't like those who give in to the Empire eh?

Let's see if anyone knows who I'm talking to.

Billy_Dee_Williams3150d ago (Edited 3150d ago )

Perhaps I think I'm being treated unfairly?!

DragonKnight3149d ago

You generalize in doing so.

chasegarcia3151d ago (Edited 3151d ago )

This may stop retailers from offering ps3 deals.

Zashule3151d ago

Great! Now hopefully I won't have to sift through news reports about 'stupendous' deals for $15 off a PS3!
LMAO

B1663r3151d ago

I am pretty sure the word was "stunning"

Scotland-Tha-Brave3151d ago

There was a "stupendous" one aswell.

dragonelite3151d ago

Dam sony is on a roll with legal bullshit they do and now its biting them.

ovhaum3151d ago

Karma is a Bitch, doesn't it, Sony.

rdgneoz33151d ago

'Isn't it', not "doesn't it."

TheNocturnus3151d ago

Oh well, glad I have my PS3!!

Motorola3151d ago

I should write a letter to LG saying, ITS IN MY LIVING ROOM AND U CANT TAKE IT BACK.

humbleopinion3150d ago

Don't bet on it. I think that some hackers wrote to sony the exact same "ITS IN MY LIVING ROOM AND U CANT TAKE IT BACK. " letter, and then they were raided by the German Police...