Police could seize PS3s from Dutch homes

Dutch police have secured a court order which allows them to seize all PlayStation 3 consoles, including those already in people's homes.

According to a report in The Guardian, Dutch cops have already grabbed and stockpiled several thousands PS3s at the country's major ports. But what is incredible is that the Dutch Fuzz could feasibly enter the homes of legitimate owners and confiscate their machines.

The temporary injunction on imports was requested by Korean electronics outfit LG as part of a patent spat involving Sony's use of Blu-ray technology apparently owned by LG. It currently only applies in the Netherlands, but that just happens to be where most PS3s headed for Europe land.

The two sides will appear in court today when LG is expected to insist that thousands of consoles, which are destined for retailers all over Europe, should be destroyed.

A Sony spokesman said: "We consider these allegations unwarranted, and will take appropriate measures including filing a claim of opposition to courts in the Netherlands. We will not comment on any further details."

Whilst the chances of Dutch rozzers kicking in people's back doors and nicking their games consoles are slim to none, even if the court order allows such action, it will be interesting to see how this one pans out and we'll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything from the court proceedings.