• Sony lawyers now targeting anyone who posts PlayStation 3 hack

    Sony is threatening to sue anybody posting or “distributing” the first full-fledged jailbreak code for the 4-year-old PlayStation 3 gaming console.

    What’s more, the company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to surrender the IP addresses and other identifying information (PDF) of those who have viewed or commented about the jailbreak video on a private YouTube page.
    The game maker is also demanding that Twitter provide the identities of a host of hackers who first unveiled a limited version of the hack in December.

    Sony’s aggressive pretrial discovery demands come in its lawsuit against George Hotz. The 21-year-old New Jersey hacker, who is well known in the jailbreaking community, published the finished PlayStation 3 code and a how-toYouTube video last month. The code allows the Playstation 3 to play pirated and homebrewed games.

    Sony wants the information “to determine the identities of third parties hosting and distributing the circumvention devices” so Sony can send them a DMCA notice to remove the material “and, if necessary, seek appropriate relief from this court.” (PDF)

    “The discovery they call for in my opinion is overbroad,” Hotz’ attorney, Stewart Kellar, said in a telephone interview.
    Sony declined comment.
    A hearing is tentatively set for Wednesday. Sony filed its documents about 7:30pm PST on Friday.

    US District Judge Susan Illston ordered Hotz to remove the YouTube video and the code from his personal website—orders to which Hotz complied with last week. Ahead of an unscheduled trial in which Sony is seeking unspecified damages from Hotz, Illston had concluded that Hotz likely breached the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He did so by publishing or "distributing" a hack designed to circumvent software meant to protect copyrighted material, the judge said.
    Hotz, by order of Illston, is also scheduled to surrender his computer gear to Sony by Thursday. Kellar is trying to convince Judge Illston to back away from allowing Sony to examine his drives and other devices.

    Sony is also trying to haul the so-called “failOverflow hacking team” into court. But first, Sony needs to learn the identities and whereabouts of the group’s members. They are accused of posting a rudimentary hack in December. It was refined by Hotz weeks later when he accessed the console’s so-called “metldr keys,” or root keys that trick the system into running unauthorized programs

    Toward getting the FailOverflow defendants to appear into court, Sony is demanding that Twitter divulge the personal account information (PDF) behind the usernames of @KaKaRoToKS, @gnihsub, @pytey, @bl4sty, @marcan42 and @failOverflow.
    Sony claims the hacks will eat into game sales for the 41 million PS3 units sold.
    The DMCA makes it either a civil or criminal offense to traffic in wares meant to circumvent devices protecting copyrighted works. Ironically, performing a similar hack on a mobile phone is lawful.

    Last summer, the US Copyright Office exempted cell phone jailbreaking from being covered by the DMCA. The decision means consumers may run the apps of their choice on mobile phones without fear of being civilly or criminally liable for a DMCA breach.

    Source: Ars Technica
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      I guess they are going to sue the internet lol. All someone has to do is upload all the info to usenet with semi random names and they'll be non the wiser.
    1. Jai4Life's Avatar
      Jai4Life -
      bull shit hotzzzz gone now no
    1. kafkastiles's Avatar
      kafkastiles -
      OH NOOOO!!! They're gonna get me cause I looked at a page!! Then they will jail me for posting to a forum!! Then they'll..!!....!!....

      ... wait a sec. I don't even own a PS3!

      Good luck, Sony twats.
    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      geohotz code does not allow you to play pirated games. what it allows it for you to run signed code. people need to get the story right if they are to report on it.
    1. godofhell's Avatar
      godofhell -
      Once its out on the INTERNETS (hehe) its out ... there is NOTHING anyone can do about it.
    1. TheFoX's Avatar
      TheFoX -
      Another example of someone forcing a monopoly on their product.

      Sony obviously want exclusive control over their product, even though the real world is totally different. Nothing that has ever been conceived has ever benefited from a monopoly.

      Relentless persecution of the little people by the big corporations appears to be the norm.
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      On one hand its a company taking desperate measures to defend there product..
      and on the other hand it's a bunch of nuts trying to take on the world!!!!
    1. Funkin''s Avatar
      Funkin' -
      What a bunch of douchebags.
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      I will eventually get around to modding my PS3 (OMG, is Sony going to track down my IP address? Don't give it to 'em, OK, FST???) because... (and this is important)...


      After that, I have NO interest in another Sony product. EVER.
    1. rdtphd's Avatar
      rdtphd -
      i was thinking about getting a ps3 but if they want to be assholes about it fuck them. GT5 I guess i'll never play you.
    1. Funkin''s Avatar
      Funkin' -
      ^ Well you can't blame them for not wanting their console hacked. But they definitely don't have to be such assholes about it. You don't see Nintendo constantly doing shit like that because of all the piracy going on with the Wii and DS. But I certainly think not getting one because of this is a little much. No need to deprive yourself of the game you want to play.

      I'll definitely still get a ps3 when the price lowers to what the console is worth. And when I do get one, I will definitely hack it.
    1. Sanka113's Avatar
      Sanka113 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rdtphd View Post
      i was thinking about getting a ps3 but if they want to be assholes about it fuck them. GT5 I guess i'll never play you.

      Eh, Forza 3 is better anyways.
    1. simate's Avatar
      simate -
      I must not comment on this in case they get me.....DOH!
    1. your_creator's Avatar
      your_creator -
      what a bunch of a$$ clowns, i held off on hacking my PS3 but this gives me motivation to hack it and play pirated games SUE ME SONY!!!!!!!