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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. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      donated! it's a worthy cause.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SteveJobsEvilTwinBro View Post
      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.
      By giving that rant but still donating are you not the definition of hypocrite?
    1. shadow25's Avatar
      shadow25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cb22 View Post
      Give us a unlock for bb 02.10.04 and i'll donate!!!!
      Hahahaha. Seriously?

      Do you have any idea of the amount of work it takes to make an unlock?

      Tell you what, YOU create an unlock for 2.10.04 and I'll send $500 your way. I won't hold my breath, because I highly suspect you wouldn't know where to begin.

      The stress a lawsuit puts on you isn't fun at all. I've been sued by smaller legal firms, so being sued by a company like Sony is very stressful.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      You all are more than likely aware that geohot already has money out the *** and can afford this without your help, and more than often itll settle out of court then geohot walks away with your 500$ and so on donations
    1. TechnopodMan's Avatar
      TechnopodMan -
      Donation Send.

      Thank you for all and Good Luck!!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      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.
      I agree so many UNEDUCATED people to put it nicely on this forum who are clueless, they don't understand the fact they he got access to copyrighted information in the PS3 OS and leaked it when its in the T&C that its illegal, making a CFW and distributing it is totally different to what he did with the "keys". If he didn't want to get sued, he should have released the firmware from himself but leaked the "PS3 master key" anonymously like the iPhone Dev Team used to with the "Bootloaders" back in the iPhone 2G days, the BL3.9 and BL4.6 had to be obtained by yourself.

      I'm not donating anything to him either! Until MW2 online on PS3 isn't fixed I'm not giving a cent, I didn't mind people using the 3.41 PS3 Jailbreak to Data Transfer to hack MW2 but since Geohots jailbreak everyone's hacking and its damn right annoying.

      This is an iPhone hackign site so majority of the people on this forum know nothing about PS3 jaibreaking.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      [Reach In Pocket] I have $5 dollars that I'll donating. I hope for the best.
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      I think that Sony are going about this the wrong way. Then again I want them to sue EgoHot for everything that he's got so that he finally takes his head out of his arse.
    1. omar010's Avatar
      omar010 -
      I just donated. F.U. Sony!

      Confirmation number: 9LR94587VH4011333.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by ishamiyal View Post
      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

      Ive donated too, $50 may not be a lot but it's all I got

      And it brings me to the post I made before about some people being stingey and ungrateful. Geohot has done a lot for the jb community. And whether he brought it on himself or not he's still a jb genius.
    1. Christ6197's Avatar
      Christ6197 -
      Quote Originally Posted by senas8 View Post
      Donated $155.00
      Confirmation number: 25L10046330588842
      Donation amount: $155.00 USD
      Total: $155.00 USD
      Purpose: SCEA v Hotz Legal Defense Fund
      Thank you for him, but i have a stupid question!!!

      Why 155$.

      1- It's very generous
      2- I'm curious about this amount ?

      I will surely give someting, but not higher like that...
    1. unlockingsky's Avatar
      unlockingsky -
      FYI, Sony bloggers are on this site.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unlockingsky View Post
      FYI, Sony bloggers are on this site.
      So?

      I wouldnt be surprised if Sony follow "hackers" twitters and psx-scene, just like Apple probably have people on this site too.
    1. senas8's Avatar
      senas8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christ6197 View Post
      Thank you for him, but i have a stupid question!!!

      Why 155$.

      1- It's very generous
      2- I'm curious about this amount ?

      I will surely give someting, but not higher like that...
      My goal is to reach $355.00 as ps3's OFW 3.55 was beasted by geo. It's a landmark statement if you will.
    1. Christ6197's Avatar
      Christ6197 -
      Thank you for the info.
    1. James360Petty's Avatar
      James360Petty -
      @j.eck.arc.3d you hit the nail on the head..... it's the legal precedent this sets that's important to everyone in the Jailbreak community! Forget about the freedom of George Hotz and think about the future freedom of your iDevice....
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by unlockingsky View Post
      FYI, Sony bloggers are on this site.
      Ditto on the "So"

      HEY SONY GO EFF YOURSELF !!! You make crappy Tv's and your stupid PSP Phone is going to fail.
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      I think geo will lose. I wish him the best. I detest sony

      Quote Originally Posted by unlockingsky View Post
      FYI, Sony bloggers are on this site.
      Sony bloggers are so low in the food chain that it's not even worth mentioning. they are bloggers for goodness sake, bloggers.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      I wish I had some money in my paypal. I would donate just to tell sony "F You".
    1. luigimaster24's Avatar
      luigimaster24 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I agree so many UNEDUCATED people to put it nicely on this forum who are clueless, they don't understand the fact they he got access to copyrighted information in the PS3 OS and leaked it when its in the T&C that its illegal, making a CFW and distributing it is totally different to what he did with the "keys". If he didn't want to get sued, he should have released the firmware from himself but leaked the "PS3 master key" anonymously like the iPhone Dev Team used to with the "Bootloaders" back in the iPhone 2G days, the BL3.9 and BL4.6 had to be obtained by yourself.

      I'm not donating anything to him either! Until MW2 online on PS3 isn't fixed I'm not giving a cent, I didn't mind people using the 3.41 PS3 Jailbreak to Data Transfer to hack MW2 but since Geohots jailbreak everyone's hacking and its damn right annoying.

      This is an iPhone hackign site so majority of the people on this forum know nothing about PS3 jaibreaking.
      Selfish prik!!!