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Sony Announces Settlement in GeoHot PS3 Hacking Case


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171w 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;

B. Engaging in any unauthorized access to any SONY PRODUCT under the terms of any SCEA or SCEA AFFILIATES license agreement or terms of use applicable to that SONY PRODUCT, whether or not Hotz has accepted such agreement or terms of use, including without limitation:

(i) reverse engineering, decompiling, or disassembling any portion of the

Sony Product;

(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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barrybarryk's Avatar
#17 - barrybarryk - 171w ago
Um yeah this result means there is no legal precedent for using your hardware in a way the manufacturer deems unfit (being right, wrong or otherwise regarding the PS3), which considering the setting of that precedent was Sony's intention, I call it a win. Of course we don't know the details of what's in the injunction, so only time will tell on that one, but I don't like the idea of an advocate of the freedom of information being gagged by an injunction at all.

But all that being said, I can't say if I had as much at stake I wouldn't make the same call. And I don't even like the guy.

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#16 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 171w ago
Man, I can't help but feel like he sold out... even though I understand his reasons. My guess is that with all the schoolwork and publicity, and most likely the insane legal fees he was facing, he decided enough was enough and took the easy way out. I just hope he continues doing his thing anonymously, because this will be one hell of a blow to the hacking community. He didn't lose, WE ALL lost in this case. As a poster stated above, I hope Graf's case is next, and that it goes much better... somehow I get the feeling Graf would rather die then bend over to corporate scum

Chivafighter's Avatar
#15 - Chivafighter - 171w ago
I'm guessing since the lawsuit began as SCEA, it stays like that till the end of the trial period even though it really applies for SNEA.

beansta's Avatar
#14 - beansta - 171w ago
wait a min... i thought SCEA didn't exist anymore? isn't it SNEA now?

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#13 - PS3 News - 171w ago
I guess the public be getting info from "Anonymous" sources now rather than Geohot! *wink wink nudge nudge*
Agreed, it appears GeoHot made a brief post indicating just this and then removed it but it's still partially in Google's cache:
geohot got sued: Wisdom
Apr 11, 2011 ... If your actions might anger a big evil company, do them anonymously. At least until the lawmakers wake up. China does not have the DMCA. ...
geohotgotsued.blogspot.com/2011/04/wisdom.html

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