Sony prohibits reselling physical games, tracks activity

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Sony updated their Software Usage Terms about a year ago and users are just now discovering some troubling rules.

Namely, a rule about reselling games has caught attention; especially since the rule explicitly calls out physical media.

7.1. You must not resell either disc-based games or digital games, unless expressly authorised by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher.

This means that if you’ve ever bought or sold a PlayStation game at GameStop then you’ve seemingly been complicit in violating the terms. Though it’s difficult to imagine how Sony could even enforce this part of the agreement.

This rule has existed for years now, and despite being recently being rediscovered by Twitter users nothing has changed. In fact European PlayStation users appear to be protected.

Former president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida reassured European consumers about this term back in 2013 and saying:

You can read the full Software Usage Terms here, as well as some other parts of the agreement such as: “Information we get can include your content, voice and text communications, gameplay videos, the time and location of your activities, your real name, your PSN Online ID and IP address”.

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