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Gadget etailer Lik-Sang.com has been forced to shut down following a London High Court ruling last week that it was illegally importing Sony's PSP consoles from Asia to Europe.

The Hong Kong-based firm, one of several retailers exploiting regional differences in games console launch times, issued a statement saying that it “will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed.

Sony denied responsibility for the closure in a response carried by Gamesindustry.biz.

Lik-Sang did not contest this case (i.e. they did not turn up and therefore incurred no legal costs). We have been awarded substantial costs against Lik-Sang which have not been paid. We would therefore strongly deny that our actions have had anything to do with this website closing."

In its statement, Lik-Sang went on to claim that several Sony executives had used its site to import products.

Not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders.

However, Sony said: "The purchasing of PSP consoles by SCE employees would be for investigatory purposes. We would also like to express our surprise at a company releasing personal information about its consumers, as this is contrary to data protection principles around the world."

Online retailer ElectricBirdLand made a similar argument when it was forced to stop importing PSPs to the UK last year.

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Published 25 October, 2006 by Richard Maven

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