Engadget is reporting that its Japanese site received a cease-and-desist notice from a "mysterious Chinese firm" demanding that it take down images of what may--or may not be--a new, slimmer version of Sony's PS3 game console.
Engadget didn't name the firm, but if such a company really exists--and it did send out a real cease-and-desist letter--it would lend some credence to the possibility that the photos are real. Engadget, as we do, finds the whole episode amusing, because in this day and age you just don't retract leaked photos. Once the genie's out of the bottle, nothing's bringing him back in; those images are everywhere.
As for what to make of these demands from this mysterious firm, the most obvious speculation is that the company is somehow involved in the production process of the new PS3 and that one of its employees leaked the photos. However, some Engadget readers aren't buying the authenticity of the letter, saying it doesn't have the requisite legal jargon to pass cease-and-desist muster and it smells like a hoax. Here's the letter as printed by Engadget:
We just find that the following web pages on your website contain some confidential document and photos, which were highly possibly illegally released and posted:
We are investigating this violation and will bring all necessary legal actions regarding this matter. In order to protect the confidential information and prevent you from further legal issues and infringements, please immediately remove those pages and keep our request confidential. If you have any question regarding this issue, please feel free to contact us.
Your cooperation is deeply appreciated.
The whole thing sounds bizarre to us and frankly, we're a little jealous we didn't get our own cease-and-desist letter.
Additional reading: Is a slimmer PS3 in the works?