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Sony now has a potential settlement for the 6-year-old Linux lawsuit


After a full 6 years Sony has finally reached an agreement on a #settlement with the plaintiffs in a 2010 #classaction lawsuit over the Playstation 3’s Linux functionality.

Back in 2010, the plaintiff Anthony Ventura filed suit against Sony, alleging that the company was in breach contract between the company and Playstation 3 customers for the company disabling the console’s “other OS” functionality. And by doing so it had actually committed an unfair and misguided business practice for its customers.

As we all know, the “other OS” functionality allowed Playstation 3 owners to install Linux and other non-Playstation operating systems on the console, until the capability was removed in 2010 via a firmware update.

Sony had consistently claimed the right within their own terms of service to remove the “other OS” feature. Plus there was a sound reason for doing so, the fear this capability being abused by hackers and pirates.

According to a filing discovered by Ars Technica, Sony has finally agreed to settle the lawsuit, promising to pay $55 to Playstation 3 owners who can make a valid claim that they used the other OS functionality, and $9 to Playstation 3 owners who can attest “that they lost value and/or desired functionality or were otherwise injured as a consequence of the firmware update.”

The settlement needs to be approved by a judge, but Sony’s co-operating to finally settle the case is a solid indicator this matter will finally be closed.

The settlement details also make it quite clear that this agreement was not made lightly by either party. The case was already dismissed with prejudice by one judge, then had the dismissal partially revoked by another judge, only arrive at a settlement after several months of negotiation.


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