Dutch Judge Orders PS3 Seizures – Including Those in Homes
LG and Sony have been fighting a little legal war over the Blu-Ray technology in the PlayStation 3. Last week, LG won a skirmish in that war when customs officers were ordered to seize thousands of consoles. Yesterday, they ratcheted things up a notch, according to a report in The Guardian.
LG has now won a court order that will allow it to seize PS3s anywhere in the Netherlands, even those already in homes. Wait, what now? Can you imagine how that would go over? Someone shows up at your door and wants to take your PS3 because Sony and LG are in a patent pissing contest. The rage on the web would be epic.
Sony’s taking the whole thing in stride, saying only,
Sony was notified at the end of February by customs authorities in the Netherlands that an inspection would be made into imports of [PlayStation 3s]. We believe this is due to a petition made by LG Electronics, alleging that Sony may be infringing LG patents related to Blu-ray technologies.
However, this is only a preliminary injunction, that has resulted in shipments being temporarily withheld. It does not indicate any acceptance of LG’s allegations. We consider these allegations unwarranted, and will take appropriate measures including filing a claim of opposition to courts in the Netherlands. We will not comment on any further details.
We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out, but in the meantime, stay tuned for reports of civil disobedience in the Netherlands as gamers rally to protest police taking their consoles.