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Sony To "Clamp Down" On PSP Pirates

Piracy is an ongoing problem just about everywhere, and those familiar with the underground world are well aware that the PSP is a prime target. In fact, some might say there is a "global piracy issue" on Sony's handheld.

So stated SCEE president David Reeves in an interview with MCV, but he also warned that any and all PSP pirates are going to pay for their crimes. It seems Sony is primed and ready to unveil "a new clampdown on those responsible," but at the same time, reluctantly admitted that it helped to drive hardware sales. Here's what Reeves had to say on the issue at hand: "We know about it, we know how its done. It sometimes fuels the growth of hardware sales, but on balance we are not happy about it." He finished by noting Sony's efforts to stop the spread of piracy on their platforms, and that they will provide new ways to combat piracy "soon." So if you're one of those people who thinks it's okay to do what you're doing, Sony may have a painful newsflash for you within the next few months.

It's a complicated issue, but beneath it all, there's a very good reason why it's called "piracy." Sony isn't about to take it lying down; they'd much prefer to raise sales for the PSP in a legitimate and traditional fashion.

6/19/2008 Ben Dutka

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Schmitty
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 11:47:28 PM
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what do people pirate? like games?

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OtisFeelgood
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:15:51 AM

Yeah, games. You can find pirated copies of PSP games all over the internet.

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Advent Child
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:03:34 AM
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Yea im not quite sure what this entails? I mean I know about modding the PSP to inlcude windows and other stuff like that, but I think that is all pretty cool, and I dont see any harm in it?

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Tatsujin
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:47:33 AM
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Actually, Modding the PSP or PS3 to have Linux, Windows XP or whatever the case might be is not or does not fit into the catagory of piracy (Unless you have a pirated version of Windows XP) But other modifications which allow you to store games onto the PS3's HDD or a PSP's Memory Stick would fall straight down into that catagory. Honestly, I hate Piracy, because all your doing is stealing. But yet, we can't do a thing about it... Websites like www.thepiratebay.org are outside this country and have diffrent Copyright/Piracy laws... Sweden (Where the HQ of The Pirate Bay is located) has no Copyright/Piracy laws (As far as im concerned) So yea, you can pretty much get away with piracy pretty easy. Im sure a new method will be developed in the future to prevent infragment of copyright laws (Piracy... man do I feel smart!) forever. But that time is long from soon =/

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 2:11:25 AM
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Meh I'll be honest, i have custom firmware, but i buy my PSP games, i got it so i could have Final Fantasy VII for the Psone on my PSP, Its something ive always wanted & yes i have bought FF7. I dont consider that being bad, but i certainly understand how Pirating PSP games is. I should be getting Crisis Core through the mail today, cant wait ^_^

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Zapix
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 2:59:57 AM
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I for one have yet to buy a second PSP (older used one in this case) for the intent of using modded firmware to play NES, SNES, and Genesis games that I enjoyed back in the day. Also the idea as Ultimadream said about having various PS1 games (such as FFVII) would be really nice since my PSP won't play my PS1 games. Well, not unless the disc is in the PS3 and I can connect to the PS3. I personally think Sony would be more wise to incorporate a means to copy PS1 games from the original disc to the PS3 and be able to be copied for use on the PSP. Call me crazy, but I think THAT would really boost sales on hardware, although it would hinder their... PSNetwork ps1 game sales slightly, I doubt enough for them to ever take notice.

On the note of buying games legitimately, I feel the same about games as I do anime, music, movies, and anything else... If you like it, buy it. Although at the same time, I do laugh at those anti-piracy ads on DVDs that try to say downloading a movie is the same as stealing a car... LMAO... That's like saying stealing a loaf of bread is the same as robbing a bank. Scare tactics... LOL

Well, good luck to Sony trying to keep things under control. While SCEE is at it, maybe they can do something useful for the customers and release say... oh I dunno... The Wipeout Pulse DLC in the US!

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 5:56:33 AM
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Remember the fool-proof 3-layer anti-piracy protection on the first Playstation? Do you also remember that it cost next to nothing to have someone "chip" the machine to get around it?
Whatever security measures someone comes up with, someone else will find a way around it. So, i doubt this "clamp down" will really do much good in the long run.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 2:45:20 PM

In my opinion, it should be a combination of heightened security and harsher consequences. There's no way they can ever stop all hackers - that'd be a naive belief - but if they say they can catch them, then there should be more punishment.

It remains the only way to quell bad behavior, in my opinion.

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 8:56:58 AM
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wow

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bamf
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 1:34:56 PM
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Its crazy trying to tackle these hackers. Every time Sony will put out new security messures, all they really doing is giving the hackers a challenge. They look forward to the next PSP firmware update not for its features but so they can hack it.

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Minishmaru
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 2:14:52 PM
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Only thing I dislike about piracy is selling the games for YOUR OWN profit. Other than that, i don't frown upon it too much. Oh also, alot of cool programs come from piracy for the PSP. I can't use em since my PSP is always updated to the latest firmware...but just sounds cool with some of the programs

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shaydey77
Saturday, June 21, 2008 @ 5:01:51 PM
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i think they need to do something alright. I admit my PSP memory stick has games backed up but they are all my own legitimately bought ones.I do this because 1.the loading times are faster and 2. its alot easier to carry around a few memory sticks then bulky UMDS..i know tey are small too but the sticks are still smaller. Also giving peopl the chance to develope homebrew games in my opinion is a great idea becasue it can help people become better developers and sometimes can produce class games. i dont believe in downloading games that you havent paid for though.people have put way too much time and effort into these games just to have them stolen.

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vampko
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 8:59:17 PM
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Most likely, they mean lawsuits. And even hackers have problems with avoiding that stuff. This looks like a warning message that the average joe should take great heed to, and get the word out, or we may have another 11 year old kid fined thousands of dollars for something they didn't understand was wrong.

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dead_christmas
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 9:06:47 PM
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Unfortunately I don't think they'll ever be able to eliminate it, but here's hoping. Stupid pirates.

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