You may not remember that February 2021 was actually 19 years ago, but Earlier this year, skin and console manufacturer Dbrand released a set of PS5 black face plates. Not only did the company release them, the company oddly hired Sony to sue them, and Sony is now obligated to do so.
How do margin MessageDbrand’s “dark templates” have recently been removed from the company’s store, and all purchase links are now redirected to a page that contains only all news articles written about whiteboards. Including the Gizmodo story linked above.
Why are you pulling them now? Since the company has received a letter from Sony to end its activities, says the part:
SIE discovered that dbrand promotes and sells console accessories in a way that severely affects our customers. First, dbrand sells PSS console client interfaces (in both Standard Edition and Digital Edition configurations) that replicate the design of a SIE-protected product. Any interfaces that take the form of configuring our customers’ PSS product or similar configuration are: Manufactured and sold without SIE permission infringes our customers’ intellectual property rights when designing a premium console.
Second, dbrand sells skins for SIE devices that include the PlayStation family brand. Your company may not sell products containing the PlayStation trademark that are not authorized by our customers. The following still images from one of dbrand’s tutorial videos show the look of the dbrand brand with a similar design to the PlayStation Family Mark.
On their part, Debrand replied With a no-nonsense roaming corporate website on Reddit, who begins “Like your hopes and dreams, Darkplate is dead” before finally settling in an actual legal defense of his position, saying the stickers do not infringe any existing trademarks. Dbrand suspects Sony’s real motive was to shut down the competition before discovering first-party replacement boards for the PS5.
Note that this isn’t the first company Sony has seen in this way. CustomizeMyPlates has also been forced to stop selling its color replacement palettes in 2020, although in this case they resumed sales earlier this year and haven’t bothered since then, probably because their versions don’t have little logos that look a lot like real PlayStation icons.
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