Sony say: SIGN OUR NEW TERMS OR WE'LL BAN YOU!
Sony are playing hardball. After they got royally stung after the PlayStation Network got breached, they've decided to make some demands.
Basically, Sony are going to ban gamers from the PSN unless they waive the right to collectively sue it over future security breaches, according to Auntie.
PSN's terms and conditions have been amended and users have to agree to them next time they log in... or else. Sony really are very, very jumpy after seeing 100 million of their accounts hacked.
You will be able to opt out of the agreement within the next 30 days (you'll have to send a letter to Sony's Los Angeles headquarters in the US if so), and PSN users will have to try to resolve any legal issues with an arbitrator picked by Sony, before being able to file a lawsuit.
The new clauses ('Binding Individual Arbitration') say that "any Dispute Resolution Proceedings, whether in arbitration or court, will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class or representative action or as a named or unnamed member in a class, consolidated, representative or private attorney general action".
You still have to agree to the new terms, and if not, you won't be able to use the online services.