Sony loses another legal battle, this time over PS3 Linux dispute

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Remember this?

I’m pretty certain that the PS3 was my least favorite PlayStation generation. Like any console cycle it had a lot of classics, sure, but it didn’t measure up to the PS2, and I’m already enjoying my PS4 a bit more. I might need to revisit this whenever the next generation starts, but I definitely got more play out of my Xbox 360.

Why am I bringing up the PS3? Because after a six year long legal battle, Sony has finally agreed to pay folks who used Linux on the PS3, only to have it taken away by a firmware update (3.21 in 2010). At the current moment those impacted by the decision might be entitled to $55 in compensation (with $9 going to everyone else who owned a PS3), though it needs to be approved in July — so it’s not set in stone yet.

It’s interesting to see Sony go through all of these constant sets of litigation. Like the Vita advertisement debacle, or the great PlayStation Network Outage of 2011.

Whenever this is settled, users will be notified by email. If you want the $55, you’ll have to”attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality.” Good luck with that one!

The $9 claim is much easier. You have to have known “about the Other OS, relied upon the Other OS functionality, and intended to use the Other OS functionality,” or “may attest that he or she lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010.”

Sony Linux Settlement [Ars Technica]