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  • Case Dismissed! Geohot and Sony Reach Unexpected Settlement


    The saga of Geohot and Sony is now behind us. As the out-of-nowhere headlines today reveal, infamous iDevice and PS3 hacker George "GeoHot" Hotz and Sony have apparently patched things up. In fact, the two warring parties are coming to terms with their recent high-profile legal grudge match and settling matters peacefully.

    Moments ago, Sony and Geohot released a joint statement heralding a conclusion to the courtroom showdown that has dragged on for weeks. "The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011," the statement reads. "As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction."

    What does this mean exactly? It's safe to assume Geohot agreed to stop hacking any and all Sony products, an outcome that once again raises the question of the legality of jailbreaking. After all, if a prominent hacker agrees to an injunction to stop what Sony calls an illegal activity, might not this precedent suggest that others attempting to jailbreak the PS3 - or other devices - might be held up to similar prosecution? These are important questions that, without a doubt, will soon surface in another case involving jailbreaking.

    “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

    “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” Hotz added, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

    “We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network,” added Russell. “We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

    To read the full joint statement on the PlayStation blog, click here.

    Source: Official PlayStation Blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Case Dismissed! Geohot and Sony Reach Unexpected Settlement started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 127 Comments
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Umm... Confused?
      He is saying Sony payed GeoHotz to stop hacking the PS3
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbaba View Post
      This is where people need to know the difference between civil and criminal court. Geohot was not charged criminally (ie. by the police). Jailbreaking the PS3 was never going to become officially legal or illegal as a result of this case.

      Geohot did however have a civil claim brought against him. Here Sony was trying to prove that Geohot's work was harming them (like when you sue someone's car insurance to get your car fixed when you get rear-ended).

      Also, I think Geohot's law team found the best possible outcome for this case since there was no legal decision made. A judge did not make the final decision is this case which can then be used as precedent in future cases. As far as legal precedent goes, this case never happened.
      I understand that...but we all know that if he was let off the hook, and "didn't do anything illegal", the case would have evolved into jailbreaking becoming legal.
    1. nmn's Avatar
      nmn -
      geohot should jtag xbox 360's
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      i just wonder what hes doing with the rest of that $$$ that got donated through paypal for "legal fees" i think he said he was going to donate what was left, but come on....who really knows how much he had anyways....maybe thats why he doesnt care about his case and fighting Sony to the DEATH like we all wanted, its the fact hes sitting on a fat bank account because of the whole thing. Who knows either, wAY THE iDevices need your help GeoHot! Glad this was over also. But no victory for modders and jailbreakers....now what.
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      Yay!glad this is over
      But not the way people wanted it to end
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      The problem I think sony had was that the main use for what he was doing was for piracy. You can sugar coat it any way you want with "I'm backing up my legally purchased game", but 99% of people will be using it to play games they downloaded.
      Very true I jailbroke my ps3 and 30 minutes later i realized the only real useful thing to do with it is pirate games or play emulators. I couldnt pirate games so i just played some mario on snes emulator and then the next update came and i couldnt play online without it so i just updated and didnt look back. Same with psp except I have pirated some games on it but only because i cant find them or i had them and the stupid UMDs broke cuz they are a piece of sh*t.
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      F sony
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      F sony
      +1 lol
    1. smooth22's Avatar
      smooth22 -
      The only problem with this lawsuit is that Apple might use this as a example to go after Jail breakers.
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      I'm glad for geohot but I thought this was about fighting for moders rights. This doesn't really help anyone except for big corporations who will now feel they can stop people from jailbreaking "their" devices
      My exact thoughts. What happen to all that talk about rights and being able to do whatever you want with a product you bought and owned? I don't think people had this in mind when they donated. So when will Geohot start working for Sony?!? I have a little sense that he sold out.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I think Apple will still allow Jailbreaks for Apple Products. If you've never had a iPhone or iPad or iTouch or Even the Apple TV, then you don't really know exactly what jail breaking means for those in the Jail breaking community. I personally will continue to jail break my Apple product till either A. They allow total customization of my iphone or B.I Get tired of it. It's not even about downloads, it's all about being able to customize a product that you worked or saved for. That's like saying you can't customize your Mustang or Corvette or WRX or Honda cause if ya wanted to mod your car you would have bought the next model up instead of the Stock Car. It really comes down to It being your Product and that you paid for it.
    1. Myque's Avatar
      Myque -
      I am afraid this will be bad for idevices if Apple decides to go for jaibreakers developers.
    1. idealist's Avatar
      idealist -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      You're exactly right. Yeah Sony seemed like a total jerk about it, but looking at the business side of things it's reasonable. Companies look out for what's best for the company.
      That's Exactly the rational from these companies that brought about the Recession. Please, please tell me how and what I can spend my money and what to buy next and that I cant modify the engine under my car hood after I purchased the item. REALLY?????????

      GeoHot we know how relentless a multi-national company like Sony can be, we salute you for standing up to the Corp Bullies!
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      I intend to boycott Sony and I'll explain in great detail why, if I'm ever in any conversation about PSPs, PS3s, TVs or any other product they make.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wohhey View Post
      He should have gone all the way. Sony should say sorry and give back linux.
      Nice and easy to say on your end of it, eh?

      Guess Sony decided to drop the case since Anon found more holes in their security that would have came out if they continued to battle the hackers.

      "SSSHHHHHH"
    1. konrads's Avatar
      konrads -
      Quote Originally Posted by idealist View Post
      That's Exactly the rational from these companies that brought about the Recession. Please, please tell me how and what I can spend my money and what to buy next and that I cant modify the engine under my car hood after I purchased the item. REALLY?????????
      I believe in the US car companies tried some of that S_H_IT. As far as the execs of those soulless, criminal (BP) companies I am looking forward when they will be arrested and executed by a firing squad for the misery they have brought the US and the world by their greed. The banks, the megacorps, the corruption, the technology companies spying on people without punishment a heartfelt F_S_C_K YOU and am looking forward when I will command the execution platoon that will terminate you. The day will come. It came for s_hits like you in Russia and Germany, it will here. The sooner, the better.

      Corporate personhood is an abomination that should be deleted and corruption and regulatory capture should be punished.
    1. 5h4d0w's Avatar
      5h4d0w -
      I don't own a PS3, and I never will... I do, however, own a PSP (3000). Yes, it is hacked, running 6.20GEN-B4 (Permanent) Custom Firmware.

      As much as I would love to explain my opinion on Sony and my rights as the OWNER of the hardware, I wont.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 5h4d0w View Post
      I don't own a PS3, and I never will... I do, however, own a PSP (3000). Yes, it is hacked, running 6.20GEN-B4 (Permanent) Custom Firmware.

      As much as I would love to explain my opinion on Sony and my rights as the OWNER of the hardware, I wont.
      But you don't own the software or have the right to modify the official software.
      Unless the custom firmware is completely original and not a hack of Sonys software.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Blah Blah Blah!!!!!! I bought it, I can do what I want with it!!!!!
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      Ohh..he already sold the Exploit to other people..so dont be surprise to see anything yet to be published when SONY patch this firmware once again... Only one thing is GeoHots is SAFE...thats important..and now he must concentrate for unlock for iphone 4 and the rest...haha