Thursday, September 15, 2011

New TOS for Sony Online - You Can't Sue!

He's totally trying to sue Sony.
Understandably so after the trouble with their online services this year, their new Terms of Service has a clause that if you sign, you can't sue. Which you need to sign in order to play online.

Basically it's an arbitration clause, something many companies are jumping on the bandwagon for these days. It states that you can't sue Sony for any issues regarding their online service. However you can pursue the matter via small claims court through an arbiter. No not the alien thing in Halo. It'll be someone in a suit from a law firm that Sony chooses and pays for. They listen to your arguments and make a decision from there. Why companies like this? Well since they're paying for the arbiter and making wonderful contributions to that law firm, they're going to win just about every single time. A poster on Kotaku asked if it was legal. It certainly, and unfortunately, is.

But that's just a summary. I'd like to direct you to a documentary I saw on HBO a month or so ago, and is coming to DVD November 1st. Hot Coffee. It's about how the legal system really works in the U.S. and how much of a dick corporations can really be. If you need a specific subject that could directly relate to arbiters, Jamie Leigh Jones and her former employer Halliburton are brought up in the Hot Coffee documentary. Because of a contract that she signed in order to work for the company, she wasn't allowed to sue them for any wrongdoing and would have to present her case before an arbiter. They sided with  Halliburton. Yeah...their asses need to be sent to prison for that mess.

Welcome to the world of fine print, where you can't even accept a job without reading the 50 page no sue document that you need to sign. >.>Anyway, there is the ability to option out if you don't agree with the TOS, other then not accepting them and not playing online. At the bottom of page 17 it outlines what you need to do, and it must be within the first 30 days of signing the contract. Though they can still reject it if your reason is invalid.

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