147w ago - Another update from PS3 hacker GeoHot's site, this time with a parody video which has received over 1 million views thus far for The Light It Up Contest featuring GeoHot rapping and daring Sony to exhibit it.
Pictured below, if you check the properties of the MP3 download you will notice what appear to be PS3 file offsets despite some speculating they may be 3.56 Keys.
The video is below, and from his page:
I am subject to the TRO
But they ain't copping my computers
The dongle key tweet was mad funny... can't link to it
Apparently linking to the official PlayStation Blog, referred to as "a site", is a desire to continue circumventing (see this page 4,11)
I'm amazed they would actually bring that up and not be laughed out of court... free speech is dead
It clearly was to parody (protected speech) the ridiculousness of the campaign to censor the internet
Can anyone really not find the metldr key?
geohot lights it up
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Update: Some more legal doc updates have now surfaced, which include GeoHot's laywers response refuting Sony's claims (via http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20110327185437805) that the "blickmaniac" PSN account belongs to him.
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/03/sony-v-hotz-mismatched-serial-numbers-and-sealed-manuals.ars is also reproting that GeoHot's PS3 SCEJ manuals remained sealed, that he couldn't have known of SCEA to set up a PSN account and that the PlayStation 3 serial numbers don't match.
Today many sites are reporting that Sony has allegedly found George Hotz's PSN account under the nickname of blickmanic which would subject him to their TOS, that the PS3 hacker is currently http://www.gamedynamo.com/article/showarticle/1000/en/George_Hotz_Flees_to_South_America_to_Evade_Federal_Court_Discovery or http://psx-scene.com/forums/782945-post1.html in South America, and finally that GeoHot may have intentionally removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivery.
To quote from http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/108693-PS3-Hacker-GeoHot-Owned-by-Sony-Flees-Country: "After Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz's devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral," the http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/california/candce/3:2011cv00167/235965/103/0.pdf read.
In the understatement of the year, the opposition stated: "Hotz's attempts to dodge this Court's authority raise very serious questions."
To quote from http://vghq.net/2011/03/23/george-hotz-runs-away-to-south-america-lies-about-having-psn-account/ and http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-03-23-ps3-hacker-flees-to-south-america: "It's safe to say things are looking decidedly dicey for poor old George. Sony is now also claiming that he lied to the court about having a PlayStation Network account.
"Hotz identified four PS3 Systems in his possession. He explained that he had purchased one of these consoles new in February 2010 and provided the serial number for that console. SCEA used that serial number to determine that on February 25, 2010, Hotz purchased the PS3 System at a Gamestop store just miles from his home.
"SCEA's records show that the same PS3 System was used on March 10, 2010 to create a PSN account under the user name 'blickmanic.' The IP address associated with the registration is located in Glen Rock, New Jersey, where Hotz lives."
Then, more evidence regarding his PSN account was http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20110322114658410: "Hotz's ownership of the "blickmanic" account is further supported by the fact that an Internet search of the user name "blickmanic" reveals a posting discussing the jailbreaking of cellular phones - Hotz's original "claim to fame." Bricker Decl., 7, Exh. F ( "Just curious what people would pay for exclusive rights to this solution. [Motorola] Tracfone W175g unlocked and debranded. PM me." )
As discussed above, to create his PSN account, Hotz was required to first agree to the terms of the PSN User Agreement and thus he is clearly subject to personal jurisdiction in California. It is well established that a valid and enforceable forum selection clause operates as consent to personal jurisdiction in a designated forum.
Sony continued that even without his PSN account breach evidence, they already have enough evidence against him:
Although Hotz's PSN account registration clearly establishes jurisdiction, even without it, SCEA has shown the necessary minimum contacts between Hotz and California."
To quote from http://ps3.ign.com/articles/115/1157239p1.html: "SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral," Sony says.
"Hotz's attempts to dodge this Court's authority raise very serious questions."
Update: Stewart Kellar, Hotz's attorney, has http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/sony-hotz-skipped-tow/ saying the missing hard drive parts have now been delivered.
"The 'integral components' SCEA is talking about are stock controller cards, not the hard drives themselves," Kellar told IGN in an e-mail. "The neutral subsequently had to explain to SCEA the form and function of hard drive controller cards. Those controller cards have since been provided to the neutral so the point is moot."
Finally, to quote from http://geohotgotsued.blogspot.com/2011/03/fearmongering.html: "Apparently, I have fled the country. ROFL
Factually, it's true I'm in South America, on a vacation I've had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is Spring break; hacking isn't my life. Rest assured that not a dime of legal defense money would ever go toward something like this. And of course Townsend loves the idea of painting me as an international fugitive. I have been in contact with my lawyers almost every day; I would not let the case suffer. That said, I also won't let this ridiculous lawsuit run my life either. Then the fearmongerers win.
I will be back, I hear it's hard to come by the Xperia Play down here."
But what Hotz didn't realized at first is: he is not the only suffering. Think about their parents. Their family. Do you think his mother is proud of him to get sued by Sony? You're nothing without your family...
Geohot won't get out of this and will get wiped on the floor, that is the end result of this court case. His lawyers are clutching at straws trying to get out of this case but it won't work.
That company won't get it's subpoena quashed as it's a court order they'll have to supply the data or get hauled into court for obstructing justice. the DMCA laws are written in a way that currently Geohot is already guilty and he has to prove that what Sony is claiming isn't true, and with him blabbing about all the stuff he's been doing posting videos of himself in front of a PS3 explaining/showing himself altering it etc
it'll be extremely hard for him to prove that Sony is wrong in a court of law no matter where it's done to be honest.
I think or assume that he probably thought he could get out of it easy with a simple excuse but when you have a company that's more than happy to spend as much as it needs to to win at all costs.
I assume he's starting to get the hint that his either going to jail and paying a fine or paying a fine and end up in jail for not paying the fine out and so asked for the cash to roll in but that will only last for so long.
People aren't going to pay for his legal bills all the time and to be honest with the way the DMCA is written all that money sent to him is a waste of other people's money to be honest and currently I just don't see Geohot trying to prove he didn't do anything or Sony is wrong.
So far you just have him trying to get the court room changed which is just prolonging the above result in this case.