Furor Over Sony Patent Technology that could prevent resale of games and other digital goods raises speculation, fears. By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer July 10, 2006 Sony Corp. has patented technology that would prevent its PlayStation consoles from playing used, rented or borrowed video games — raising questions about whether the electronics and entertainment giant may attempt to redefine what it means to own something in the digital age. Sony has said little about the technology, patented in Japan in 2000, or how it might be deployed. But speculation over Sony's plans has sparked a furor online as game fans and consumer advocates fret that the company may incorporate it into the upcoming PlayStation 3 console, due to hit stores this fall. and more Documents filed in April 2000 with the U.S. Patent Office describe a method of copy protection by which the game system would verify a disc as legitimate, register the disc to that particular game console, then wipe out verification data so the disc would be rendered unreadable in other PlayStations. read more.http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-sony10jul10,1,2184518.story?coll=la-headlines-business Alas this is what they were pushing blu-ray for, stricter copy protection.