Software Usage Terms


1. Who are we?

1.1. We are Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited of 10 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7LP, United Kingdom.

2. Defined Terms
2.1. "Authorised Systems" means any of PS one, PlayStation®2, PlayStation®Portable, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita and PlayStation®4 systems.

2.2. "Software" means PlayStation game and application software developed to operate on one or more of the Authorised Systems.

3. When do these Software Usage Terms apply?
3.1. Our Software Usage Terms ("Terms") apply to your use of all Software on Authorised Systems.

4. Software is Licensed
4.1. All Software is licensed, not sold, which means you acquire rights to use the Software, as described in these Terms, but you do not acquire ownership of the Software. If you do not comply with these Terms, we can terminate your Software Licence which means you will no longer have the right to use the Software.

5. Who Licenses the Software to me?
5.1. There are two types of Software:
5.1.1. software published, and licensed to you, by us; and
5.1.2. software published, and licensed to you, by other companies.

5.2. The publisher is identified either:
5.2.1. on the box - for Software on a physical disc such as DVD, Blu-ray Disc or PS Vita Card ("Disc-based Software); or
5.2.2. in the product description - for Software you download from the PlayStation®Store, the Sony Entertainment Network web store or from such other digital retail stores as we approve from time to time ("Software Downloads").

5.3. If we are the publisher of the Software, we license you to use it on these Terms and any other specific terms we tell you about in relation to specific Software.

5.4. If another company is the publisher of the Software, they license you to use it on terms which include, but may not be limited to, these Terms. That company may tell you about other terms it imposes on your use of its Software, in which case those terms apply in addition to these Terms, not instead of them. In the case of any conflict between the additional terms and these Terms, these Terms apply.

6. Limitations on Your Use of Software
6.1. Your licence to use Software is a non-exclusive, non-transferrable licence to use the Software for private use only on the applicable Authorised Systems (as indicated on the box for Disc-Based Software, in the product description for Software Downloads or otherwise notified by us to you from time to time) and only in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Russia and Oceania.

6.2. You must not use Software commercially, broadcast it, charge for its use or make other public performance of it without express permission from us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally from the publisher.

6.3. You must not lease, rent, sublicense, publish, modify, adapt, or translate any portion of the Software.

6.4. You must not emulate the Software.

6.5. To the fullest extent permitted by law, you must not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble any portion of the Software, or create any derivative works, or otherwise attempt to create source code from Software object code.

6.6. You must not use any means to bypass or disable any encryption, security, or authentication mechanism for the Authorised Systems or to gain unauthorised access or to interfere with any account, service, hardware, software or network connected to Sony Entertainment Network..

7. Resale
7.1. You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorised by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher.

8. Age Ratings
8.1. If Software displays an age rating, it means it contains content that is unsuitable for anyone below that age. If you are a parent or guardian, see for information on how to stop games rated above a certain level running on your PlayStation®Portable, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita or PlayStation®4 system.

8.2. If you, or an account-holder for whom you are responsible, have a registered age below the age rating indicated on specific Software, we may prevent you or that account-holder, viewing, purchasing or using that Software. In respect of games Software, we may prevent you or that account-holder using online modes of that game, even if the offline modes are playable on your PlayStation®Portable, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita or PlayStation®4 system.

9. Privacy and Using Software Online
9.1. The "PSN" allows you to use your Software online. When you use PSN:
9.1.1. the SEN Terms of Service and User Agreement ("SEN Terms of Service") which you entered into with Sony Network Entertainment Europe Limited when you created your SEN Account applies in addition to these Software Usage Terms; and
9.1.2. we and Sony Network Entertainment Europe Limited may collect information about you. An explanation of how your personal information is used can be found in the SEN and PSN Privacy Policy.
You can find the SEN Terms of Service and SEN and PSN Privacy Policy at
9.1.3. If Software is licensed to you by another company, they may also collect information about you and they will explain that in their privacy policy.

10. How to behave in an Online Community
10.1. Your Authorised System and authorised Software published for use on it may provide community features that let you play with and against other people; communicate and interact with other people; and share information from your Authorised System, game and other activity via PSN and via other social networks. Your use of community features is governed by several agreements, with different companies:
10.1.1. these Terms; and
10.1.2. the SEN Terms of Service; and
10.1.3. the SEN and PSN Privacy Policy; plus
10.1.4. any additional terms provided by the Software publisher; and
10.1.5. any additional terms provided by the company that operates the social network you use (for which you might have to have an account).

10.2. When using community features, you may be able to share messages, comments, pictures, photographs, videos, game assets, game videos and other materials and information ("User Generated Media" or "UGM"). When doing so, you must behave decently, respectfully and with consideration for other people. You must not share anything that is offensive or vulgar or use community features to harm or alarm anyone. For example:
10.2.1. do not share anything that is defamatory or racially, ethnically, religiously or sexually offensive;
10.2.2. do not act in a threatening or bullying manner;
10.2.3. do not stalk anyone;
10.2.4. do not access, use or distribute any content or material that infringes someone else's privacy or intellectual property rights
10.2.5. do not conduct any activities that violate any applicable laws; and
10.2.6. do use common sense and good manners at all times.

11. Creating and Sharing Online
11.1. UGM created and shared by you belong to you but we and, where applicable, the relevant Software publisher still have intellectual property rights in your UGM so you must not commercially exploit UGM without our consent and the consent of the Software publisher.

11.2. You authorise us and other PSN users, to use, distribute, copy, modify, display, and publish your UGM, your PSN Online ID (and, if you choose to use it, your name) throughout PSN, the Sony Entertainment Network and other associated services such as websites associated to the Software. You also authorise us, without payment to you, to license, sell and otherwise commercially exploit your UGM (for example, selling subscriptions to access your UGM (alone or in combination with other UGM) and/or receiving advertising revenue in connection with UGM), and to use your UGM in the promotion of PlayStation® products, Software and services. You recognise that we and other PSN users may alter your UGM and you waive any moral rights you may have in your UGM. By posting UGM you are telling us that you have all rights necessary to post such UGM and to grant the rights set out in this paragraph.

12. What if I have a bad experience online?
12.1. We want you all to enjoy our online community but we can't guarantee that everyone will behave properly. As such, we accept no liability to you for other PSN Users' activity and UGM and no liability to others for your activity and UGM.

12.2. If you experience any unacceptable or inappropriate behaviour in-game, we want you to let the relevant publisher (which might be us) know.

12.3. Although we may enable you and other users to post to social network services, we are not responsible for those services. If you experience any unacceptable or inappropriate behaviour on a social network service, please report it to the social network service using their grief reporting process.

13. Reporting from games we publish
13.1. To assist you in our Games and for functionality we provide via our Authorised Systems (e.g. PSN messaging), we include grief reporting mechanisms where we think they might be most relevant. For example, you'll see a report option next to messages you receive on PSN and in-game reporting tools in each of the games we publish, if that game offers the ability to share UGM. If you use the most proximate grief reporting tool, when you submit the report, you may also be able to send us applicable evidence which will help us assess your report. For example:
13.1.1. if you report a PSN message, when you send us the report you will also send us a copy of the message you are reporting and any attachment to it; and
13.1.2. if you grief report a game asset or level that someone created, when you send us the report you might also be able to send us the asset or level.
Of course, this means other people can grief report you and your UGM too.

13.2. If there is no grief reporting facility within a specific game we publish, please go to to make your report.

14. Are we monitoring PSN?
14.1. Yes but we can't monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you. Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.

14.2. Use of the community features provided by your Authorised System and authorised Software published for use on it in accordance with the applicable agreements described in clause 10.1 will not breach clauses 6.2 and 6.5 of these Terms.

15. Online Stores
15.1. Whilst using Software online, you may have the opportunity to purchase items from an online store, using your SEN wallet. All purchases are made from Sony Network Entertainment Europe Limited and are subject to the SEN Terms of Service. Please check usage rights and age ratings for each purchase as these differ from item to item. Stores may not be available in some countries and some languages see

16. Software Updates and End of Service
16.1. Software may be updated from time to time, which may include adding to or removing existing functionality.

16.2. We and other publishers sometimes find it necessary to cease online support for a game. This means that features such as online multi-player and leaderboards will no longer be available. If a game is an online-only title you may no longer be able to use it.

16.3. If we decide we need to turn off online support for a specific game, we will endeavour to announce that decision with at least 90 days' notice via our game forums and at

16.4. Other publishers may withdraw online support for their games and may notify you of forums or websites you should check for updates.

17. Copyright Ownership
17.1. All Software contains library programs, the copyright to which is owned by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and exclusively licensed to us. Other copyrights and intellectual property rights subsist in the Software and may be notified to you from time to time.

18. Enforcement of Software Usage Terms
18.1. You agree we can enforce these Terms against you in respect of all Software whether or not we are the publisher.

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