Today the Sony Network Entertainment America transfers its online services to Sony Network Entertainment International and with it a new terms of service have been released that PSN members must agree to.
But be careful before you sign as a clause at the bottom of the new terms of service indicates that once you agree you will not be able to take Sony to court or participate in a class action lawsuit against the company. Which seems a little sneaky considering their network was hacked and left 70 million users personal information exposed.
Sony’s PSN new terms of service 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.
RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER WITHIN 30 DAYS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN THIS SECTION 15, YOU MUST NOTIFY SNEI IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT YOU ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR WRITTEN NOTIFICATION MUST BE MAILED TO 6080 CENTER DRIVE, 10TH FLOOR, LOS ANGELES, CA 90045, ATTN: LEGAL DEPARTMENT/ARBITRATION AND MUST INCLUDE: (1) YOUR NAME, (2) YOUR ADDRESS, (3) YOUR PSN ACCOUNT NUMBER, IF YOU HAVE ONE, AND (4) A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH ANY SONY ENTITY THROUGH ARBITRATION.
After agreeing to the PlayStation Network new terms of service you are basically agreeing to settle any dispute with the company outside of court. What are your thoughts?
Source: Kotaku : Terms of Service and User Agreement (Version 12)
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