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vladtemplar

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#1 13 years ago

Sony fined and asked to pull units off shelves Due to a patent infringement, Sony has been fined and ordered to cease U.S. sales of its home console. By Eduardo Vasconcellos | March 28, 2005 According to a report on Abcnews.com, Sony was ordered to cease sales on its PlayStation 2 consoles in the U.S. and was fined $90.7 million for patent infringement by a U.S. court in Oakland, CA. Immersion, the company who developed the rumble technology such as used in the controllers for the PlayStation and Xbox, filed the law suit and was awarded $82 million by a jury's decision in September, 2004, plus an additional $8.7 million of interest. Sony appealed the decision and was granted a stay of permanent injunction, which allows the corporation to sell its products during the appeals process. The sales halt that would be affecting the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and 47 games that utilize the technology, "will not go into effect before the appeal,' an SCE spokeswoman said. "Sony will be paying compulsory license fees to Immersion," she added.




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#2 13 years ago

Yikes! That is devestating for many (gamers, gaming developers, the company itself, etc.) How long will this sales ban last?




vladtemplar

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#3 13 years ago

Who knows, but its the end for playstation 2




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#4 13 years ago

Maybe not if they can resolve this issue out of court. If sony stops the PS2, again a whole lot of people will not be happy and they will try to appeal the decision of the courts for sony to stop selling PS2's. What exactly was the infringement? Was all this over a controller vibrator? If so, I think that a sales ban is a harsh punishment for sony. Sueopenas (I hope that I spelled that correctly), yes; sales bans, no. If this occurs, what will become of the PS3?




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#5 13 years ago

Moved to PS2 forum