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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. senas8's Avatar
      senas8 -
      quick updated.
      "First round of donations is closed
      Thank you so so much for all of your help, things are looking up money wise. Expect to see a few more lawyers on my responses!
      I have enough to cover my legal fees for the time being, and in the absolute worst case scenario, we don't want Sony getting it :-P

      For now, the best thing you can do is spread the word
      Let people know how Sony treats customers
      Let people know Sony would rather sue than be proactive and try to fix the problem
      Let people know about laws like the DMCA which stifle innovation, and don't do anything to fix the problems they were created to solve."
      source: geohot.com
    1. CatManDooo's Avatar
      CatManDooo -
      Quote Originally Posted by cb22 View Post
      Give us a unlock for bb 02.10.04 and i'll donate!!!!
      Just to correct your idiocy, Geohot doesn't provide 'unlocks'. He 'jailbreaks', and does it well. They are 2 different things.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      Give us an unlock for the iPhone 4 and I might donate
      Again. Unlocking and Jailbreaking are different. Geohot doesn't do Unlocks. iPhone 4 has been jailbroken. Not yet unlocked. Don't get petty, you selfish *****. The guy has done a lot for the jailbreaking community. Sony are just bullies. If Sony win this case then it will be a horrible downslope for consumer rights thereafter. Sony can't be allowed to win this!

      I'll be donating, as soon as I get on to the website...it's blocked here in China.

      Also, I don't own a PS3. This isn't about hacking a PS3 anymore. It's about standing up against bullies. Sticking together when it counts. We are the consumers. We are the people. We must have a voice. Support Geohot.
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      For honor!!!
    1. cb22's Avatar
      cb22 -
      If I am correct, he was the first person to unlock the iPhone!!
      Quote Originally Posted by CatManDooo View Post
      Just to correct your idiocy, Geohot doesn't provide 'unlocks'. He 'jailbreaks', and does it well. They are 2 different things.



      Again. Unlocking and Jailbreaking are different. Geohot doesn't do Unlocks. iPhone 4 has been jailbroken. Not yet unlocked. Don't get petty, you selfish *****. The guy has done a lot for the jailbreaking community. Sony are just bullies. If Sony win this case then it will be a horrible downslope for consumer rights thereafter. Sony can't be allowed to win this!

      I'll be donating, as soon as I get on to the website...it's blocked here in China.

      Also, I don't own a PS3. This isn't about hacking a PS3 anymore. It's about standing up against bullies. Sticking together when it counts. We are the consumers. We are the people. We must have a voice. Support Geohot.
    1. Brr's Avatar
      Brr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ishamiyal View Post
      This is on page 7, so it probably won't get much of a read, but I felt compelled to express my thoughts on this- bear in mind, this is simply my opinion, you are certainly entitled to your own...

      1. Geo is or isn't an @ss <-- Not relevant
      2. Geo should have acted anonymously <-- Not relevant
      3. Geo has/doesn't have some money <-- Not relevant

      4. Geo deserves a fair trial whose outcome will probably affect us all <-- HIGHLY RELEVANT.

      This is basically what this boils down to- Geo has been sued by a large corporate entity with virtually limitless legal resources and finances. On his own, he has no chance to mount a legal defense that would be on a par with that brought to bear by the likes of Sony. In the US, everyone is supposed to have the right to a fair trial -where a judge, and/or jury, will decide the outcome and who's ultimately right or wrong.

      But as has been proven time and again, those with limitless money can ultimately crush those without, simply by tying it up in court until the little guy is bankrupt. Without financial resources, there wont BE a fair trial, and OUR rights can ultimately be affected by the outcome.

      If you have previously purchased a Sony product, you have contributed to Sony's war chest (I certainly have). If you have EVER jail-broken anything, you have benefited from Geo's work. Help Geo help you AGAIN, by donating whatever you can to OUR defense. WE deserve a fair day in court, and then let the chips fall where they may.
      Agreed.

      Anyone not ponying up for whatever lame reason deserves to also get sued by sony to see what it feels like to Geo especially for having done something totally legit.

      Geo shouldn't upfront a dime out of his pocket. Period.

      I further think there is grounds for a counter-suit and Geo should go rip sony a new one. If we don't show sony that we should be allowed to do whatever we want within the law with our purchases then we all risk going to jail one day if we don't use our microwaves the way set out by the manufactururer.

      Ok. I'm exaggerating but you get the point.

      Go get 'em Geo. Sorry you alone were dragged into what should be all of ours fight!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      I agree if I paid over $400 for my PS 3 then let me do what I want to do with it. If I want to pirate movies n watch them on my PS 3...LET ME...
      Why should you be allowed to commit a crime?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by CatManDooo View Post
      Just to correct your idiocy, Geohot doesn't provide 'unlocks'. He 'jailbreaks', and does it well. They are 2 different things.



      Again. Unlocking and Jailbreaking are different. Geohot doesn't do Unlocks. iPhone 4 has been jailbroken. Not yet unlocked. Don't get petty, you selfish *****. The guy has done a lot for the jailbreaking community. Sony are just bullies. If Sony win this case then it will be a horrible downslope for consumer rights thereafter. Sony can't be allowed to win this!

      I'll be donating, as soon as I get on to the website...it's blocked here in China.

      Also, I don't own a PS3. This isn't about hacking a PS3 anymore. It's about standing up against bullies. Sticking together when it counts. We are the consumers. We are the people. We must have a voice. Support Geohot.
      Geohot most certainly has provided unlocks in the past. I'm not saying he is doing one for iPhone 4. But he has had done both jailbreaking and unlocking in the past.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by cb22 View Post
      If I am correct, he was the first person to unlock the iPhone!!
      Yup
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      LOL I love when "fact police" get corrected.
    1. narutorulzs's Avatar
      narutorulzs -
      I say give it to him! I look up to him and some day hope to be like him! Pissing off sony,apple,rapping thats the life!
    1. KINESIS's Avatar
      KINESIS -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      Ditto! I already donated. From what I've seen and read from GeoHot, he seems to be a bit of an immature *****, BUT I fully support his defense and the defense of consumer rights. We can not allow a legal victory against the consumer's rights. A Sony victory here would be a very slippery slope and HORRIBLE precedent for future cases where corporate goons and thugs take on their own customers.
      All sais
    1. SuperFist's Avatar
      SuperFist -
      I love the PS3 but I hate the draconian methods Sony is using against one single person. Can you all imagine if Apple did this from the beginning when the first iPhone was jailbroke? Apple can be just as stuck up with protecting their system but at least they didn't sue anyone.

      I believe everyone who has ever hacked, jailbroke a phone, PS3, Mac or PC should support GeoHot regardless of what they think about him as a person. We should all show a united front against Sony's Goliath mentality and prove that the David's of the world can and do arise victorious!
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by cb22 View Post
      If I am correct, he was the first person to unlock the iPhone!!
      The First to Jailbreak the 1st iPhone not unlock bro but I could be wrong
    1. qbnucca's Avatar
      qbnucca -
      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.
      How about we do understand and we have a different opinion. Maybe ur the one uneducated? Modding his stuff then showing us how to do it is him not seeking fame, it's him helping people who have similar interest In mods. And by the way u speak u seem to be the one all high and mighty why don't you humble yourself?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by zplit View Post
      The First to Jailbreak the 1st iPhone not unlock bro but I could be wrong
      He actually had a hand in both. But he was definitely the first to unlock it.

      George Hotz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    1. ikymfn99's Avatar
      ikymfn99 -
      REALLY......Who care's. Let the SOB do it on his own, this is another way to make money. Do we you really think about what happens to you, NO NO NO. Help him **** help me, WTF. let's post something we really care about not som hacker involved with SONY that will crush him like flys on ****. Get real Mr. Geo.
    1. itsjustlenny's Avatar
      itsjustlenny -
      I'm sort but he's too arrogant. And helping to jailbreak an iPhone and jailbreaking a ps3 doesn't mean it's the same thing.

      With all these ps3's getting hacked now people are creating hacked rooms in games and messing everyone elses game. I'm sorry you have the right to hack your stuff but don't mess with mine if I don't want it. That is what is going on with the ps3. And even If I agree with jb an iPhone for my personal use. It will not affect anyone elses iPhone. Unlike the ps3 hacks.
    1. eman297's Avatar
      eman297 -
      Quote Originally Posted by qbnucca View Post
      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
      We wouldnt lose cydia, they would have to get saurik for us to lose cydia but this case will be going on for years
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      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.

      It's people like you who anger me so much, i develop ulcers in my stomach.

      Again, I want to see proof that the string of characters are copyrighted or not. Where does it say its copyrighted? Just because someone from another post says its copyrighted does that make it? I want to hear from SONY not some ignorant *** just trying to act smart.

      If you're not going to give any money then why bother being on this thread? Geohot is a genius, he's unlocked iphones for us, provided us with free jailbreaking software, and hacking/jailbreaking information. Tell me, how is it geohots fault that some *lame* game is being hacked? If you dont like it buy an xbox and upgrade to black ops.


      For anyone else here who is throwing hissys about how they're not going to "throw in a cent", you're pissing your freedom away. Have fun because in the future corporate companies are going to take over and take away your right to jailbreak, hack, and mod whatever device or computer you have. Hope you enjoy the future!

      Quote Originally Posted by ikymfn99 View Post
      REALLY......Who care's. Let the SOB do it on his own, this is another way to make money. Do we you really think about what happens to you, NO NO NO. Help him **** help me, WTF. let's post something we really care about not som hacker involved with SONY that will crush him like flys on ****. Get real Mr. Geo.
      You're the most ignorant post on this thread. Please go back to sony forums. thanks

      Quote Originally Posted by GoldfishTX View Post
      I think we can all agree that geohot is a snotty brat, but this lawsuit from Sony is ridiculous. Since this has started, I have talked several people out of large purchases of Sony laptops and televisions, and will continue to make sure that even people outside of the "hack" or "jailbreak" community understand the bully tactics that Sony is engaging in.

      I'm sure Sony thinks he is a snotty brat, too. However, this isn't legal grounds for anything. I hope they lose, and I donated, too. I wish I could get my money back for the two PS3s that I own. They were never hacked or modified, but I'd dump them just on general principle if they'd return my money.
      Sell them on ebay

      Quote Originally Posted by eman297 View Post
      We wouldnt lose cydia, they would have to get saurik for us to lose cydia but this case will be going on for years
      no one would go after saurik...hes done nothing wrong

      @metallicafan...read here http://ps3mfw.com/?p=134
    1. neonsector's Avatar
      neonsector -
      werent you the same guy that was crying like a little ***** when he wouldnt release greenpois0n? then you had your lips locked on his **** after he did? calling him god?