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Sony has ordered a man selling jailbroken PlayStation 4 consoles to pay $16,800 in damages.

For those who arent familiar with the term jailbreak – it basically means someone has broken the digital rights management software and gained access to the inner workings of the console.

This means the user can change things the manufacturer doesnt want them to. The man from California had filled the console with pirated games.

The Federal Court sided with the Japanese gaming company, ruling his actives violated the DMCAs anti-circumvention provisions.

The heavy fine acts as a stark warning to those who are attempting to sell jailbroken consoles.

Eric Scales was accused of using the handle Blackcloak13 to sell PS4 consoles preloaded with pirated games on eBay.

“Sony may week a maximum recovery of $390,000 in statutory damages for DMCA violations concerning the two modified consoles, as well as the 76 pre-loaded unauthorised game copies”

Court order

He was accused of running a website, which has been taken offline, where he advertised products and services.

On his website, Scales was said to have informed people they could “stop buying games”, and use pirated versions instead.

Scales did not respond to the complaint, but Sony filed for a default judgement, which US District Judge Jesus Bernal signed last week.

The order reads: “Sony may week a maximum recovery of $390,000 in statutory damages for DMCA violations concerning the two modified consoles, as well as the 76Read More – Source

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