I believe this belongs in Speculation, as this is a disscussion.
I'm thinking about something, is the fact that the psp so called "forces" you to update your psp, to play current games (you know...GTA, Socom etc.) Well, isn't that agains't anti-trust laws?
Arguement 1. That Games are not marked with a label saying what version [of the psp] is usable to play said game or UMD (I personaly don't know if recent UMD's require updates.)
1a. Alike the lines of the ESRB's labeling, BIg Tobacco's Surgeon General Warning, there should be something along the lines of this: stating something like "Requires latest PSP firmware to properly play: [X.XX]" X, being the version number.
Arguement 2. I'm not an expert, but, by buying Sony's PSP, you agree to certain conditions, [Warranty etc.] Then, as it is your sole property, if you have aquired it [the psp] legally, you own it therein of. As Sony has not necessarily disclosed, that the PSP is not meant to run Indie, or, "homebrew" games. Other than the offical statements of "This update is released for fixing the security flaw found in the system software v2.0." Etc.
Arguement 3. By forcing updates upon your psp, and if you decline, the psp fails to operate said game that requires update, becomes uterly unusable. I believe this is incorrect, legally. If it is correct, [legally] it is, definitly unethical. In the mindset of being forced is wrong, and freewill is right. (Note: The Ethics of upgrading is also meant to be debated.)
3a. If the following conditions are met: You posses the PSP, purchased legally. And have purchased a UMD game, which requires an update. Your PSP is of a version lower than that of the "required update." See 3b.
3b. By owning both properties, you have the legal right to do anything you like to the device and UMD, reverse-engineer, take apart, "hack" etc. For your own educational purposes or for back-up purposes [Note this is ALSO debated, as to what applies as backing up, or the intent to pirate, [pirate being that you illegaly distribute copyrighted software].
Arguement 4. By being unable to play the UMD, unless you update, signifies a Monopoly, and provides the end-user no alternate route to run his or her UMD and PSP.
This is my arguement, please, respond.
Disscuss on any points in this thread, and please, do not go off-topic.
Also, Speculating if this is against antitrust laws is the main point of the Arguement. One more point, I in no way condone piracy, and piracy is of no relevance to the topic other than the ethical reasons for upgrading the PSP's firmware.
If you don't wish to respond to the discussion, use the poll. [This arguement is 457 words..that is a decent read indead.]