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Playstation 3s being blocked from Europe

LG and Sony have been going at it with legal battles in the last month or so with each accusing the other of patent infringement and such. LG had struck back at Sony asking that PS3 sales be blocked in certain territories, such as the U.S.A and Europe. Well, it looks like LG have been successful in blocking shipment of the PS3 to Europe very recently, and shipments are reportedly being seized by customs for at least 10 days.

It is being reported that could turn into more than 10 days, which could certainly cause a shortage and artificial price hikes for existing inventories until the ban is lifted. Luckily for Sony, it is not currently the Christmas buying season, but this is still a VERY serious problem for Sony, and it is safe to say that Sony are probably frantically trying to get the ban removed and resume shipments of PS3s to Europe. Retailers apparently usually have enough inventory for 2-4 weeks, so I’d say thats about how much time Sony have before all hell breaks loose.

I’m sure there are many people out there that would love to see Sony suffer big for this one after the whole fiasco over Sony suing a group of hackers for ‘unauthorized’ hacking of the PS3. But thats another topic for another day.

Sources:

http://www.krunker.com/2007/03/21/bestbuy-to-discontinue-selling-20-gb-playstation-3s/
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/28/playstation-3-shipments-to-europe-now-being-seized-after-lg-wins/