Sony slashes at unofficial Playstation 2 imports

Brisbane-based games retailer Blade Electronics is claiming victory in a legal wrangle with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCEA). At the centre of the dispute is Blade's importation of the much anticipated Playstation 2 console set to be officially released in Australia in November.

Blade is defending its sale of the consoles via their Brisbane shop front and Web site, and publishing details of the conflict on the Internet.

In a letter published on the Blade Web site,SCEA legal representatives Allan Allan and Hemsley describe Blade's unofficial importation of Playstation 2 as a "very real risk to public safety", and claims that consumers are being mislead. The letter demands that the reseller incorporate the following warnings on all their Playstation 2 sales material:

(a) these products do not meet Australian safety requirements; (b) these consoles cannot be used for a 240v power supply without a converter; (c) these consoles may only be used with NTSC televisions; (d) these consoles may only be used with foreign language games; (e) these consoles are not supported by any warranty or end-user support from SCEA in Australia.

The letter also threatens further action if the modifications are not made within 10 days.

Blade remains defiant in the wake of such threats, encouraging visitors to the Web site.

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