Behind Sony's war on console modding

At the heart of the fraught court battle between video gaming giant Sony and a clutch of tiny Australian technology retailers is a simple disparity between the philosophical way in which each views the PlayStation 3 console.

The retailers view the device -- of which Sony has sold almost a million in Australia -- more or less the same way most consumers view most things they purchase: As an item which they own by virtue of forking out some dosh.

But in the complex world of digital rights management, this view is so naïve that it borders on the ridiculous. In short, it’s considered a view that a child might hold.

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