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  • Geohot Asks For Help from Hacker Backers via PayPal to Fight Sony

    It's been a rough 2011 so far for iconic hacker Geohot. Since his recent rap against Sony's hacker witch hunt didn't result in a lucrative recording contract, it now appears that Geohot is in need of a different strategy to raise funds for his legal defense against Sony. With the writing clearly on the wall, Geohot is gearing up for what could be an extended battle. Consequently, Geohot has established a "legal defense fund" via PayPal to help offset court-room costs, which have already topped $10,000.

    "Media, I need your help," George “Geohot” Hotz posted on his updated blog. "This is the first time I have ever asked. Please, if you support this cause, help me out and spread the word.I want, by the time this goes to trial, to have Sony facing some of the hardest hitting lawyers in the business.Together, we can help fix the system." According to Geohot, Sony is "lame," because the company is suing him for essentially hacking his own PS3.

    "Donations here are for legal defense ONLY," Geohot adds. "I checked with my lawyers before setting this up If you have another substantial way to donate aside from money, let me know." In recent weeks, George Hotz has received no shortage of mainstream media attention, far extending his notable celebrity status, which was once largely limited to our community.

    Geohot says that the ensuing legal battle with Sony is about consumer rights, which are also on trial in this skirmish with Sony. As the well-known hacker states, "I am an advocate against mass piracy, do not distribute anyone's copyrighted work but my own, do not take crap lying down, and am even pro DRM in a sense." Nonetheless, Sony wants his head on a platter. And, as a result, Geohot is turning to his friends and supporters for help.

    To read Geohot's plea for PayPal donations, click here.

    Source: Geohot
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Geohot Asks For Help from Hacker Backers via PayPal to Fight Sony started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 132 Comments
    1. apexad's Avatar
      apexad -
      I'm pretty broke myself, but my paypal account had a little bit of money in it, and I can't think of a better cause, then to Geohot and the defense of consumer rights.

      I donated. I've had an iPhone 3G and currently own an iPhone 4 and PS3. Geohot has made my devices usable.
    1. energiesource's Avatar
      energiesource -
      I don't even have a PS3 so I don't give a **** but donated.
    1. barryson77's Avatar
      barryson77 -
      SONY should be ashamed of em self,y goin after the Geohot,they could just release another firmware to patch the leak just like Apple always do instead of hatin on the boy coz he got smatter than them
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      You sow your own fate ...

      I'm getting married this year if anyone wants to donate money to me, I'll set up a website where you can donate via paypal!!
    1. qbnucca's Avatar
      qbnucca -
      I just donated $200 alot of you guys are making great points, alot of others are small minded. Look if you have never used a jailbreak a hack etc... Then feel free talk all the crap you want. But this guy has done so much for our community that it would be irresponsible not to help him out. If you love ur hacks themes cydia for that matter then donate at least one dollar. Because if sony wins we could soon loose cydia and the ability to jailbreak out apple products period. And if u don't like him personally your an idiot you never met the guy, but he gives u stuff for free. Get over yourself this about bullies picking on the little guys and we are those little guys let's go after the bullies
    1. ishamiyal's Avatar
      ishamiyal -
      Money Sent.

      Confirmation number: 55H117822H9379454
      Donation amount: $500.00 USD
      Total: $500.00 USD
      Purpose: SCEA v Hotz Legal Defense Fund

      If you are on this site, and if you have EVER jail-broken an iPhone or iPod, and you don't think you should send money to this kid, something is very wrong with your reasoning in my estimation.

      This has nothing to do with how you feel about Geo personally, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know a corporate bully when you see one. This is what the internet is for- to allow individuals to come together to combat an oppressive force in a way that has never been historically possible. The kid needs help, I for one sent him some.

      Did anyone notice that all the people saying this guy should be strung up or is gettin' what he deserves are running MSFT OS's? What's up with that? :-D
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'm definitely throwing some sheckles his way. He's done a ton for the JB community and deserves our support. This isn't just about his rights, its about all of ours!
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      I don't have a lot to donate but every little bit helps so I'll be donating for sure.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      Give us an unlock for the iPhone 4 and I might donate
    1. ya_boy's Avatar
      ya_boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      You sow your own fate ...

      I'm getting married this year if anyone wants to donate money to me, I'll set up a website where you can donate via paypal!!

      Yeh but what have you or your wedding gona do or have done for the jailbreak community??? Whereas he has done ALOT for the community, heck if it wasn't coz of people like him we wouldn't even have a jailbreak. Ur wedding ain't Gona help in any jailbreak is it?

      I'm pretty sure that u jailbreak ur iPhone and most likely u have used his jailbreak software in the past!

      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      Give us an unlock for the iPhone 4 and I might donate
      Errmm there already is, I've been using it for ages lol.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Totally agree with geohot!
    1. brokentwice's Avatar
      brokentwice -
      Justice 4 Geo

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jQ7oiPmAc8]YouTube - JUSTICE 4 GEO : The King of Hack[/ame]
    1. Stryker1's Avatar
      Stryker1 -
      I am donating. I don't even own a PS3 but I do believe in consumer rights. He is being singled out and Sony is trying to make an example of him. Lets not let the big corporations intimidate us with these scare tactics. We as the consumers DO HAVE the right to modify our equipment. I bought it I own it I can do whatever I please with it.....screw off!!!

    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Yes GeoHot has the right to mod any system he owns, as do well all, but he did not have the right to distribute private information belonging to Sony. (i.e the PS3 Keys)

      He knew perfectly well that by posting them on his own website that he would kick off a lawsuit from Sony. If he wanted to let others avail of his work he could have very easily "leaked" the necessary information anonymously.

      Btw, Sony also have the right to protect their games division from piracy which what all system modding eventually leads to, whether the original hackers like it or not.

      So I'm sorry but I'm not giving this guy a cent. In my opinion he brought this on himself.
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cb22 View Post
      Give us a unlock for bb 02.10.04 and i'll donate!!!!
      Tenia que ser mayate el wey
    1. Sticky111's Avatar
      Sticky111 -
      why donate via paypal when they take a percentage of the donated fund for using their service. should have used the google method lol
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Ill donate for sure I don't even have a ps3 I don't even like video games but I love my jailbrocken iPhone 4 thanks to limera1n=Geohot
    1. SteveJobsEvilTwinBro's Avatar
      SteveJobsEvilTwinBro -
      Acting out for more attention, spread the word..? Wtf.. Grow up. If these hackers had such strong feelings toward how Sony operated -- they would've attacked the issue from the get-go. The big crusade for all thats wrong with the world always starts *AFTER* they get stuck in a tight situation.. Like a child. It's never your fault, it's the big evil corporations! Those are people's jobs, PC's and home gaming consoles are two completely different things, yea it came with Linux.. You abused it to the point where it had to be taken from you, and everybody else. Take some responsibility and you might get taken a bit more seriously, the evil corporations supply JOBS for people who have families to support while you devise ways to manipulate systems to your advantage, now it's the legal system and all for what? Some childish need for attention so people can see how clever you are? Sadly, I do agree Sony needs to be taken down a notch but after the silly battle rap and constant whining I already know Sony will win. You're not Robin Hood looking to make information free for all, its always the "GeoHotz Show", if that were the case you would have banked on the iPhone unlock and approached this thing with the intention of making permanent change. You're not the only hacker out there, you're just the loudest. Egomaniac. Even still, I donated anyway.. I wish you the best, I just know you can be much better if only we could update your bloody firmware.

      Godspeed & God bless.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Go Geohot! I support you 100%! Sony already knows they have NO case and NO chance to win. They are doing this only to make a point and to try and punish Geohot. Sony has plenty of money and attorneys already on retainer, while Geo is asking for donations for his defense. Sony figures if they can Bankrupt Geohot it will make him go away. Keep fighting Geohot! We're all behind you! F Off Sony!