• Sony and Hotz settle hacking case

    Sony has settled its lawsuit with an American hacker who unlocked the secure operating system on the PlayStation 3.

    The company dropped its action against George Hotz, also known as Geohot, and secured an injunction that bans him from similar behaviour in future.

    Mr Hotz, who is 21 years old, had been facing charges of copyright infringement and fraud.

    In a statement, Sony welcomed the settlement and said that it would help to protect its intellectual property.

    Around 100 other individuals, named and un-named, were also facing legal action. The fate of their cases is currently unclear.

    Sony began pursuing Mr Hotz after he published information on his website that enabled users to install a reprogrammed version of the PlayStation's operating system.

    The company claimed that by circumventing its security, PS3 owners would be able to play "homebrew" or copied games.

    Joint statement
    Proceedings in the California courts appeared to have reached a relatively advanced stage.

    Lawyers for the Japanese firm had obtained permission to access details of users who downloaded Geohot's crack.

    Following the settlement, the two sides issued a joint statement.

    Mr Hotz said: "It was never my intention to cause users trouble or to make piracy easier. I am happy to have the litigation behind me."

    Sony's general counsel in the USA, Riley Russell commented: "We appreciate Mr Hotz's willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and... to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution."

    Although no further details of the settlement have been revealed, Mr Hotz has not remained entirely tight-lipped regarding his feelings toward Sony.

    In a blog posting on 11 April - the same day as the case was concluded - he wrote: "I am joining the Sony boycott. I will never purchase another Sony product.

    "I encourage you to do the same. And if you bought something Sony recently, return it."

    Sony stressed that the decision to settle had nothing to do with recent attacks on its website, attributed to the hacker collective Anonymous.

    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Sneak's Avatar
      Sneak -
      Thanks to anonymous...
    1. EyeCandy's Avatar
      EyeCandy -
      Actually not....the settlement was reached before the attacks
    1. xuxoxux's Avatar
      xuxoxux -
      Quote Originally Posted by EyeCandy View Post
      Actually not....the settlement was reached before the attacks
      And the attacks did not really do much...... The downtime was to add more IPs to their blacklist before they went to a 3rd party that professionally handles DDoS attacks and the like.... :/
    1. EyeCandy's Avatar
      EyeCandy -
      Actually the fact that they had to hire outside resources as security.....means it cost them money...
    1. TheFoX's Avatar
      TheFoX -
      One day, someone in authority will realise that we have a right to do what we want with what we've purchased. Imagine Microsoft suing someone for installing Linux on a Windows machine (formerly an IBM PC).

      Surely, once you have bought the hardware, you should have the free choice to install whatever software you like. After all, when you buy a car, the manufacturer has no say in how you use that car, so why does a console manufacturer dictate what we can, and can't, put on our machines?

      I stick two fingers up to Sony. If I want to install a third party OS, or other software, on my 100% owned PS3, I bloody well will.

      Microsoft, Sony and Apple are all guilty of stiffling the market. Thank god for the Linux community, and the Free Software Foundation, and OpenSource...

      Oh, and one other thing. As for Sony going on about Intellectual Property, let's not forget that the Japanese are the masters of imitation, and copying.
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      100%, FoX! Well said. I will never buy another Sony product, and will do my best to discourage others from supporting them, as well.
    1. thedemon44's Avatar
      thedemon44 -
      I'll buy whatever is most useful. So if my ps3 breaks again, i'll buy another. This boycotting shit is for the birds.