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Accept the New PlayStation Network Terms of Service and Waive Your Right to Sue Sony

Posted on September 15, 2011 AT 07:04am

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.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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