Originally Posted by |MaguS|
No removing software would not be in violation. Like you stated they can revoke the license to use that software, which they can do by locking it or removing it. It's no different with Windows Validation system that can stop windows from operating at its full capabilities or randomly reboot.
Sony can argue that your license extends to the OS so disabling it to violators is there right. They are not stopping users from using the "hardware"... since thats something physical... they can make it still boot and just display a message that access to the PS3 OS has been revoked.
Yes, removing the software would be a violation. Take the car analogy, you buy a new car and decide to supercharge it, the car manufacturer says "no you can't do that" and erases the software on the car (they all are computer controlled these days), you now have a very expensive brick. Consoles should be considered in the same way, you bought what you bought, as such the only thing that Sony legally can do is block your access from PSN.
But don't get me wrong, I really really don't care either way.