Dutch police confiscate thousands of PlayStation 3 consoles

Thursday, 10th March 2011 01:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dutch police have reportedly seized tens of thousands of PlayStation 3 consoles from warehouses as part of Sony and LG’s ongoing patent dispute.

The Guardian reports authorities are entitles to confiscate PS3 units already installed in owners’ homes.

Last week, LG won an injunction under EU law blocking the import of PS3 units for ten days, as part of the electronics manufacturer’s claim to the BluRay patent.

LG immediately took the injunction to the Netherlands, where the majority of Europe’s 100,000 monthly PS3 imports make land.

Sony is appealing the customs blockade as it continues to counter LG’s claims.

Thanks, Business Insider.



  1. chriswhaaat

    “The Guardian reports authorities are entitles to confiscate PS3 units already installed in owners’ homes.”

    How is that even legal?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Toastrules

    Well, we’re not sure of their laws, in America that is downright illegal, but it could be different in… where is Dutch, anyway?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Not at all probably.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Neq

    Life’s (not) Good for Sony. LG took the harsh way to deal with Sony and clearly it is not good thing for us customers but also LG itself. Bad reputation around tech-geeks will undoubtedly hit LG’s sales.

    If not… Then I don’t have any more belief in Europeans.

    LG is not in court only with Sony. They also took to court every single owner of PS3 in Europe (around 20 000 000). Why? Because I think that if LG wins it will result of no more support for PS3 in Europe at least.

    So… Thank you LG. I’m glad that I don’t have even one of your products.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Telepathic.Geometry

    This is looking more and more serious for Sony. I don’t know what their lawyers are up to, but they want to settle this fast, one way or another.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. NightCrawler1970

    If you aware that LG = philips… i don’t know why Philips or cheaper name as LG dealing with consoles??? im pretty sure that “philips” or LG didn’t have a console, so why they bothering Sony for???

    And in Holland you can BEND laws… so whats right = wrong… Im Still Dutch but im working on to be US citizen…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    I’m dutch myself and most of the time very happy with our law. Even though real criminals don’t get the punishments they well deserve, sometimes. I’ve never had problems with the law or the authorities so i don’t know. But what i do know is that i’m happy i live here and not the USA. Right now i’m unemployed and i receive money from the state so i can manage, but i doubt that’s how it goes in the USA.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. tenthousandgothsonacid

    I bet they’re playing Killzone 3 during their lunch hours !

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Wow, shit’s getting real! I think they should settle this the gentlemanly way, with the CEOs engaging in a bare-knuckle fist-fight to the death.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. jnms

    Sony abuses the law in order to get IP addresses of visitors to a website.

    Now LG abuses the law in order to sieze Sony equipment. What goes around comes around. We are getting very close to corporate controlled law and police. And this is what happens.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    ^ How did Sony abuse the law to get the IP’s addresses when:

    1) A judge said it was legal?
    2) Geohot and his attorney wasnt against it or tried to stop it?

    And what LG isnt illegal either (in the Netherlands), or it wouldnt be happening.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Old MacDonald

    11: If it wasn’t legal, it wouldn’t be abusing the law.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. jnms

    @11: It’s using the letter of the law to defeat the spirit of the law.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. NightCrawler1970

    @7, you will get unemployment-check, if you’re unemployd… and BTW, dutch cops sucks big time, they nothing but harassment, and provokers, and most of all dutch cops are amateurs, they need a partner to hold there hands, because they aren’t allowed to pull over a car by them self…
    As a dutch citizen, you don’t have the right to defense youself by an attacker, if you give the attacker 1 swing, you will be arrested and the attacker will become the victim… so the best thing, let the attacker stab you first, so you have the evidence(if you survive the stabbing), call 112, cops take fingerprints, and arrest attacker…

    As i said, Dutch law = bended law…

    #14 4 years ago

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