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All PS3′s blocked from entering Europe “for at least 10 days”

Monday, 28 February 2011 18:59 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The Guardian is reporting that European customs officers have been ordered to seize PS3 shipments after LG won a preliminary injunction against Sony in a patent battle between over Blu-ray.

The ruling has been made by the civil court of justice in the Hague, and apparently means that all new PS3s have to be confiscated as they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for at least 10 days.

If the injunction is extended, Sony faces the very real prospect of running out of hardware stock across Europe: that report claims that the company normally holds “two to three weeks’ worth of PS3s in stock across the continent.”

Actual disaster

The Guardian has learnt that “tens of thousands of PS3s were seized by customs officers last week in the Netherlands” over the discpute, which revolves around Sony allegedly infringing use of Blu-ray technology belonging to LG.

Sony, which imports around 100,000 of the consoles a week, and is apparently “frantically” trying to get the ban uplifted.

This could spell actual disaster for Sony in Europe. While Sony is applying to overturn the ruling, LG can also apply to the same patents office to get the 10-day import ban extended.

LG is claiming that PS3 infringes a number of its patents relating to Blu-ray playback, and has called for an investigation into the the same issue with the US international trade commission earlier this month.

The firm is now seeking a “permanent exclusion order … excluding entry into the United States” of the console.

If it’s found that Sony’s infringed LG patents, it could be forced to compensate manufacturer for each PS3 sold. Ever.

More than 47.9 million units have been sold worldwide so far.

Rotterdam and Schiphol are the main import points for PS3s for both the UK and continental Europe. The consoles are being stockpiled in Dutch warehouses until it becomes clear how the case will develop.

A SCEE spokesperson told the Guardian: “We are currently looking into this matter, and cannot make any comments at this point in time.”

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43 Comments

  1. Hunam

    Heh, Sony seem to spend half their time in court these days.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. omekomar

    wut the hell , f*** u lg

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Playstation 3 is a disaster for Sony.

    I think they hate this machine so much… From hacks, to stupid patent shit or courts…

    It’s a disaster of MEGATON proportion.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    So what’s the beef? I thought Sony were big movers and shakers in the development of blu-ray, what Patents are they supposedly violating, and don’t Sony have any of their own?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    While Nintendo and Microsoft doing their job, Sony faces some serious shit.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. V_Ben

    Before everybody starts spurting out gloom and doom, remember that this is only a preliminary ruling, and that the case hasn’t even been heard yet. Sony will appeal the decision tomorrow morning, and the seized shipments will likely be released.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    I wouldn’t want to get ahead of myself, but yikes.

    EU is where PS3 is the strongest.

    This could hurt, esp if it gets any worse for Sony. Lest it isn’t holiday time. Springs sales are pretty slow anyways.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. earlyrock

    Yeah agreed, its pretty bad but nowhere near as bad as it would of been if this was the end of the year before Christmas.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Bluscope

    What the hell! What kind of a git approved this move? LG obviously don’t care about consumers wanting to buy a PS3 in Europe then, surely there are easier ways of settling their ridiculous dispute?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    Funny thing that my Ps3 is connected to LG HDTV and they love each other :D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Crysis

    “LG obviously don’t care about consumers wanting to buy a PS3″
    Why would they? All corporations care about is money, when they decide they want more they go through a list of their patents & start suing anyone who has done something similar.
    In my opinion, the laws are too strict & misguided regarding patents, if it’s directly imitating it then sue away, but I don’t think most features should become copyrighted otherwise the consumers suffer more than anyone else. But what do I know, I’m not an expert in copyright law so my views & opinions mean nothing.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    Oh Sony & your patent infringement… didn’t you learn from that mess with the Dualshock? I’m surprised Geohot & his hacker friends ain’t using it as a excuse for their actions.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Bluscope

    #11 I’m can’t profess to be an expert either xD.

    But, it’s odd that they’re only complaining now, I mean the PS3′s been on sale for over 4 years. Couple that with Sony’s claim back in December that LG is infringing on it’s own patents. And you come out with a very childish legal battle in my opinion.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. NeoSquall

    @10 lol, same here.

    btw, I sense a huge shitstorm for both Sony and LG in the coming week.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Bluscope

    @13 “I’m can’t” Grammar fail! xD.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    Well maybe next time sony wont launch a troyas horse i mean, a new format player in a gaming device, instead they focus on a gaming console with a new format player added. i hope so.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. scotjock81

    Hmmm. I wonder if my 42″ LG plasma is about to become an unauthorised peripheral according to the new eula

    #17 4 years ago
  18. naffgeek

    Shit! I finally bought a PS3 and now look….I wondered what that old gypsy women was muttering at me as I walked out the shop!!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Bluscope

    @16 Umm… this might come back to me in the ass but I feel compelled to ask, what exactly is a “troyas horse”? :D.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Gekidami

    ^ Better question would be: ‘What does your post say? It makes no sense’.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ManBearPig

    im a little confused but is LG and sony not working together and can someone please explain how this can affect us?

    (basicly i dont get one bit of this)

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Bluscope

    @20 My next question was gonna be “Is English your second language, or are you actually illiterate?” :)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. NeoSquall

    @21
    In a nutshell: LG is blocking PS3 commercialization in Europe (and beyond, it hopes) because it says Sony is infringing some copyright.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. spiderLAW

    Its just another childish battle. Really, Sony are the big dogs and they know so once in a while they’ll pick on the smaller people. When they do so, they stir up some shit and the smaller people fight back with full force.

    Im not a Sony fan. As a company, i really dont care for Sony and in fact the only thing Sony that i own is my PS3 (used to have a PSP and will have the NGP at launch). But to stop the sales of PS3 and alienate customers…not a smooth move LG, not smooth at all. If anything, this will affect LG’s image to consumers (mostly gamers)

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Bluscope

    @21 Back in December Sony accused LG of infringing on 7 of it’s patents relating to mobile phones. In retalition LG is now accusing Sony of infringing on it’s own patents relating to BluRay playback functionality on several of Sony’s products.

    LG has obtained an “as of yet” temporary injunction preventing ps3′s from being imported into Europe. This is what I’ve gathered so far anyway xD.

    As for what it means to consumers, at the moment probably not a lot :D

    #25 4 years ago
  26. pukem0n

    sony becomes a joke of a corporation, if even LG can harm them ^^

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    This is actually will be a disaster if Sony won’t solve this problem by 10 days.

    Because their stock ends about in 3 weeks and they can lose a GIANT portion of sales in Europe. I mean every one of these people are going to get Xbox 360 or Wii.

    I feel really bad for them because i own PS3.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Shonak

    Well, fair enough. If they sue a single hacker, then a company can sue them for copright-issues. It seems like the legal system is more like a karma issue for Sony.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. ManBearPig

    wait they are going to stop selling ps3s all together in EU?
    if so how did it come to this?

    #29 4 years ago
  30. ManBearPig

    shit no its only or 10 days haha my bad

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Telepathic.Geometry

    Holy shit, this could be the biggest gaming news story of the year if LG makes any ground…

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Cozzy

    I thought Sony were one of the developers of blu-ray along with Phillips. How can they violate a patent on their own technology? Anyways, I think LG will lose to sony in a court battle and seeing as they’re both suing each other I wouldn’t be suprised if they both just decide to drop it aftr a while to save the aggro.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Yoshi

    One thing I don’t understand. If Sony did copy LG, why has it taken LG all this time to do something about it?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Dannybuoy

    Sony will just settle out of court and pay them a fat stack of cash. Nothing major will come of this I’d wager

    #34 4 years ago
  35. MushroomStamp

    @33, Simple. It makes business sense. Most companies that due this kind of litigation all wait till they feel they can maximize return or establish grounds for business negotiation. You let a product build a head of steam first because it makes the payout bigger. No company gives a shit about the consumer, they are in business to make money. All the consumer friendly PR is just a facade.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Yoshi

    @35 That’s what I was thinking. There really should be something to counter that issue though as they’re just taking the piss really :/

    #36 4 years ago
  37. sony_sucks

    lol sony total joke

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Yoshi

    @37

    WARNING TROLL ALERT TROLL ALERT NO BODY FEED THE TROLL! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! NO FEEDING TROLL HE MAY BITE!!!!

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Crysis

    @Patrick Garratt, Please do us a favour & ban sony_sucks & his other troll accounts, it wouldn’t be a problem if everything they said wasn’t spamming the same thing over & over again, just look @ his name & that’s pretty much all his posts involve.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. xxJPRACERxx

    Suppose that the injuction last more than 10 days and Sony start losing sales. They go in court against LG and won. Can they ask for compasation for lost sales?

    If not that is really stupid. They are punishing them before they even hear what they have to say about it.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. TheWulf

    Whuf. As per usual, the only people hurting Sony are Sony. This all started because they went on a patent trolling spree with LG over mobile patents (and that very much was patent trolling, EDGE games pedigree patent trolling), now LG have no choice really other than to find a way to fight back.

    Because Sony is greedy, this has happened. Had Sony just left LG alone then this furore might’ve just blown over. I doubt LG would’ve sued them in that case. But this is Sony, they’re very litigation happy, and the only people Sony seem to be hurting these days is Sony.

    If Sony stopped being so aggressive, they’d stop hurting so much as a business, and they’d be much more likable.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Crysis

    It’s business, do you really believe that LG wouldn’t be suing Sony if Sony weren’t suing LG?

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Blerk

    Oh dear, Sony. You reap what you sow, eh? :-D

    #43 4 years ago

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    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]