Will Sony Crack Down on PSP Hacks?

“Sony has been mum on the hacks so far. The company didn’t respond to TechnologyReview.com’s request for comment.

However, the company’s history with product hacks suggests that it will tread this situation very carefully. In 2001, Sony forced a fan of the company’s robotic dog toy Aibo to remove code from his site that allowed the dog to do such things as dance.

That fan, known as AiboPet, was served with a lawsuit for his efforts. As a result, Aibo fans boycotted the robotic dog and Sony eventually relented in its efforts when public outcry over the crackdown grew.

The lesson learned: Sony might do well to let the hackers run their course with the device — it would likely engender an even more slavish devotion to the device. “

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