Check your emails PSN users, because you’re gonna see an email from Sony. This email says a Terms of Service change will be coming today (Sept 15) and if you don’t agree, you won’t be allowed on to the PlayStation Network. The idea itself is not new, everyone agrees to iTunes’ terms every time they update. But thanks to some paranoid people who actually read the new TOS we see Sony added a little bit to the end.
The new TOS can only be accepted by legal adults (18+) and those who are not adults have to get a parent to agree to the terms for them. Why? This is why,
“NOTE: THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A BINDING INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER PROVISION IN SECTION 15 THAT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT AND WITH RESPECT TO ANY “DISPUTE” (AS DEFINED BELOW) BETWEEN YOU AND SNEI, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC., SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC, THEIR AFFILIATES, PARENTS OR SUBSIDIARIES (ALL ENTITIES COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO BELOW AS “SONY ENTITIES”). YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER PROVISIONS AS FURTHER DESCRIBED IN SECTION 15.”
So basically it says according to Section 15 that you can’t take any legal action against Sony or PlayStation Network. This means if they ever “lose” your credit card information or anything else you might take offense to, you cannot sue them via a class action lawsuit. That is if you agree to these terms. If you don’t agree you won’t be allowed to play on the PlayStation Network.
But, there is a workaround for this. Because legally they have to let anyone who send in regular mail (yeah with physical paper) saying you do not agree to the terms within 30 days of agreeing to the terms. Then you’re free to join in on whatever class action lawsuits sure to be coming Sony’s way.