The PlayStation blog
brings word from Sony in the form of an official statement clarifying their stance on circumventing the PlayStation 3's security and piracy of PS3 software. In case there was any confusion -- after the string of legal action the company has pursued against vocal hackers -- they don't like it:
Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.
To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.
The notice appears to be a rather clear-cut warning to modded PS3 console users that Sony will soon begin banning consoles and users that it detects as modded from their online PlayStation Network service and reads as though they are perhaps giving modders a last chance to change their hardware-freedom loving ways before cutting them off.
PlayStation blog furthers this with their own interpretation:
By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve.
Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear.
It is important for those considering whether to mod their console or not to understand that while Sony's desire to control what you run on the console hardware your purchase has little legal merit, restriction of access to their online services is much more cut and dry and one should view the loss of PSN functionality as an unavoidable cost for the use of homebrew applications on your PlayStation 3.