Can Sony really regulate Grey Market international sales?
November 8, 2006 5:42 PM Subscribe
PS3 Legal Filter: Sony is purportedly blocking gray market sales of the PS3 from external markets into Europe. What is the legal validity of this? Of course you can find...
posted by stratastar to law & government (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So my friend is planning on squatting outside a bestbuy for a PS3 in hopes to sell it soon after. He has told me about some legal efforts Sony has taken to block grey market sales of the unit into Europe (because its timetable release has been pushed back, probably because of the introduction of the BlueRay technology). This got me thinking: under what legal validity can Sony stop grey market sales, especially in an avenue such as ebay?
I researched a bit about what they did and found things such as: this
They article quotes the Sony Spokesman as saying: "Ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards."
Perhaps this flew in an EU court, but how does this have validity or jurisprudence over an international trade avenue such as ebay?