THE BUZZ: It seems Sony has added a new little clause to their updated Terms Of Service for the PlayStation Network, which waives your right to sue Sony as part of a class action lawsuit.
Today Sony Network Entertainment America will transfer its online services to Sony Network Entertainment International, and PlayStation Network users are being asked to agree to an updated Terms of Service, but there’s a little something extra added. Upon accepting, you agree not to sue Sony as part of any group and that all disputes will be settled outside of court. The clause reads:
“Other than those matters listed in the Exclusions from Arbitration clause (small claims), you and the Sony Entity that you have a Dispute with agree to seek resolution of the Dispute only through arbitration of that Dispute in accordance with the terms of this Section 15, and not litigate any Dispute in court. Arbitration means that the Dispute will be resolved by a neutral arbitrator instead of in a court by a judge or jury.”
In basic terms if you wish to continue using the PlayStation Network you must agree to resolve any dispute with Sony outside of a courtroom.
EGM’s TAKE: While this may seem sneaky to some people, Sony is well within its right to add this clause. If you don’t like it then don’t accept, but don’t expect to carry on using the PlayStation Network.