The recent and questionable move by Sony for all its PlayStation Network users to waive any group-based lawsuits after signing up to the service has had a lot of people outraged. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Australians have been spared the effort of getting angry about this new clause. A spokesperson for Sony has made it clear why this new policy doesn't apply to this region:
Frankly, this is a little strange. While Australian PSN users might think this decision is beneficial if Sony ever does wrong by them in the future, it raises the question as to why these new terms of service apply to some regions and not others. If this is a safeguard against unwarranted lawsuits, why does SCE America require protection but not SCE Australia or Europe?
Sony’s New Terms Of Service Do Not Affect Australia [Kotaku Australia]
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