139w ago - Today Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has announced a settlement in the GeoHot PS3 hacking case, with the ruling issuing a permanent injunction against George Hotz barring him from hacking or collaborating with efforts to hack any Sony product moving forward.
To quote: Joint Statement
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and George Hotz (Hotz) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.
Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us, said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.
It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier, said Hotz, Im happy to have the litigation behind me. Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sonys internet services and websites.
In the action, SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames. Hotz denies any wrongdoing on his part. Hotzs motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was still pending before the federal court in San Francisco but a preliminary injunction was issued requiring Hotz to take down the postings challenged by SCEA.
We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network, added Russell. We appreciate Mr. Hotzs willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.
From the PDF file: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND ADJUDGED by consent of the Parties that Hotz, whether as an individual or as a principal, officer, director or employee of any business entity, and his agents, servants, employees, distributors, suppliers, representatives and all other persons or entities acting in concert or participation with Hotz who receive notice of this Judgment, shall be and hereby are permanently enjoined and restrained from:
A. Engaging in any unauthorized access to any SONY PRODUCT under the law;
(i) reverse engineering, decompiling, or disassembling any portion of the
(ii) using any tools to bypass, disable, or circumvent any encryption, security, or authentication mechanism in the Sony Product;
(iii) using any hardware or softare to cause the Sony Product to accept or use unauthorized, illegal or pirated softare or hardware; and
(iv) exploiting any Sony Product to design, develop, update or distribute unauthorized softare or hardware for use with the Sony Product.
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I don't blame Geohot for settling. A lot of people talk the big talk but if a corporation like Sony with endless amounts of money that can bend the law to their liking (they already paid for the laws in existence) came after you then you would want to settle also. He made an important contribution to the community and doesn't have anything to gain by financially bankrupting himself to prove his innocence.
It would have been nice to have set a legal precedence, but common folk like you and me cannot afford justice in this country (U.S.) anymore. If (and its a big if, since money always wins in this broken legal system) Sony lost this case, it would be extremely detrimental to them and they probably didn't want to take the chance.
The only way we could ever seek true justice would be for a massive Sony boycott, and American's are lazy and content with the way things are and would never follow through. Only when the well runs dry will Sony be forced to change their business practices.
As far as im concerned everything leading to this settlement is complete speculation... i've gotta throw my 2 cents in though. Geohot was on the winning side until that gamertag was found... Maybe there was a connection who knows.
Needless to say there will be a lot of people disappointed about the outcome of this. If this does happen again with someone else, i'm sure this case will be a referance. It's a gloomy day for cfw users.