Site Stuff: We’re Being Threatened By Sony’s Lawyers Over God of War’s PS4 Trophies

So we, Pure PlayStation, are now hardened criminals. It’s all part of our new re-branding efforts to appeal to a larger demographic. In order to keep up this appearance, we’ve recently taken to breaking copyright laws. Yeah, we’re going big time. No faffing around with guns, drugs, or trafficking – we’re going straight for the jackpot. The only problem is, Sony doesn’t like our new direction. What gives? We’re just hustling our way through the world. As our main man James Blunt once rapped “playas gonna play”.

OK, enough fun, let’s get to business.

While buttering my toast on this fine April morning, I received an email. Not unusual. I get emails every hour of every day. Many of them get ignored or pushed back until later in the day, but this one caught my eye immediately. The subject line read: 478-355798698 Notice of Unauthorized Use.

Strange. But then I saw the associated email address: [email protected]

Fuuuuuuuuuu… A quick panic had me thinking that maybe the site had been compromised and somebody had uploaded illegal files, such as full games for others to download. Nope, that wasn’t the case. It was an article that one of the team had written yesterday. An article about God of War’s PS4 trophies.

I thought that surely this was just some shitty scam email, but it wasn’t.

“Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC (hereinafter referred to as “SIEA”) has authorized Irdeto to act as its non-exclusive agent for copyright infringement notification.”

I did my homework and found that Irdeto is in fact a proper entity and that it actually does work on behalf of Sony, as well as other companies. The email continues:

“Irdeto has reasonable good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of in the below report is not authorized by SIEA, its agents, or the law.  The information provided herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge.”

Update your knowledge, Irdeto.

“Therefore, this letter* is an official notification to effect removal of the detected infringement listed in the below report.  The below documentation specifies the exact location of the infringement.”

*Email. Letters are sent by post.

“We hereby request that you immediately remove or block access to the infringing material, as specified in the copyright laws, and insure the user refrains from using or sharing with others unauthorized SIEA materials in the future (see, 17 U.S.C. 512). Further, we believe that the entire *Internet community benefits when these matters are resolved cooperatively.  We urge you to take immediate action to stop this infringing activity.  We appreciate your efforts toward this common goal.”

*Sony prefers it when small fish pull their pants down on command.

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“Note: The information transmitted in this Notice is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material.  Any review, reproduction, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from all computers.”

Well it’s a bit late now. I’m sharing this with everyone.

And then we end with this:

Evidentiary Information:

Notice ID:  478-355798698
Initial Infringement Timestamp:  12 Apr 2018 08:36:17 GMT
Recent Infringement Timestamp:  12 Apr 2018 08:36:17 GMT
Infringed Work:  God of War
Infringing File Name:
Protocol:  Web
Infringing URL(s):
Infringers IP Address:  
Infringer’s User Name:   

So our article with the trophies for God of War is, apparently, infringing copyrights. Bollocks. Absolute bollocks. As far as I understand, the game’s trophy information was under the same embargo for reviews. So, technically, anytime after the review embargo passed, the trophy information became fair game. However, technically, as we didn’t receive a copy of the game from Sony, we’re not under any embargo.

It makes me wonder where this kind of shit will go in the future. This is just for an article about video game trophies. What about when the next big game leaks? Or a review goes out early? Will Sony send its pen-wielding lawyers then? I’m at a loss for words to be honest. I did reply to the email.


I’m always polite.

“After reading this email several times, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all bollocks.”

Nearly always…

“If you still want to pursue this, go ahead. You have my email address and below you’ll find my phone number, too.”

And now I sit and wait. Or not. I’m not going to give this much more thought. If I get a reply, fine, I’ll carry on the to-and-fro until one of us tires out and gives up. In the meantime, I just hope that some other poor sod isn’t getting bullied. If you are, don’t lie down and take it. Unless you’re a proper criminal and you’re actually doing something really bad. In that case, pull ’em down, you’ve earned it.

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