(Continuing from where I left in Part 1)
Since the lawsuit taken by SONY against the hacker GeoHot has been settled, SONY has been showing the world it can now “legally” bullying PS3 owners whenever they think it fits and convenient. While most owners don’t feel a thing about the “Other OS” removal (most of those owners are just underage kids who got their PS3 from their parents/guardians though and don’t give a shit about the removal). However some other owners purchased the system as a geek, which is why they feel victimized.
PS3′s TOC is probably the most ridiculous legal document ever written in human history. Seriously what kind of logic that made SONY think they have the right to meddle with the software parts they have licensed to PS3 owners? Applying SONY’s logic on IP (Intellectual Property) licensing, it’s like manga licensor may have the right to remove pages/panels from the manga you’ve purchased. Don’t tell me you’re totally OK with that. You still think it’s not ridiculous? Came back to talk to me after you read the TOC properly here (pay attention especially to Section 7).
It seems like the “Other OS” removal was done with the slightest care about the owners’ interest in SONY’s mind. Alright, maybe they DID care about the owners thus they keep giving excuses like “to protect both owners and developers from piracy and security breach” but they forgot that people know protection for such threats can be implemented by simply patching the system. That said, for that purpose, the “Other OS” removal is really uncalled for.
My final call is, forget about the TOC because it can be manipulated singlehandedly to favor the licensor only. The important point right now is what GeoHot was doing is simply a “restoration” or “recovery” work for what has been taken away from all legal PS3 owners. Yes, the owners purchased the system legally so they should have the right to restore what they’ve lost. There should be an act to protect the owners’ interest from being bullied by SONY.