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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. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      Finally...
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by ProZack27 View Post
      True! Now maybe he'll starting with the iPad2 JB!
      I sure hope so! It's been out a month so it's time for a JB! At least release the exploit for 4.3 that was closed in 4.3.1.
    1. fmlouder's Avatar
      fmlouder -
      so wait geohot lost?
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Quote Originally Posted by fmlouder View Post
      so wait geohot lost?
      To us and Sony, yes he lost. To himself, he won because he was able to escape the wrath of Sony.

      But no, he didn't really "lose". They "settled". But Sony got the better end of the deal.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      I understand Sony's view, but what these companies fail to realize that all of these jailbreaks and hacks are because we want to enhance the entertainment value of the product. All Geo wanted to do was enable the option to install an OS, which is one of the reason's I liked the earlier PS3's. If these companies actually listened to their consumers like they say they do then maybe people wouldn't feel the need to do it themselves.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      Glad its over. Not really the way i wanted to see it go down but hey geohot can still hack apple products :P
      true
    1. Kariodude's Avatar
      Kariodude -
      This is a loss for everyone but Hotz. It's really unfortunate to see him fold after everything he has said.
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kariodude View Post
      This is a loss for everyone but Hotz. It's really unfortunate to see him fold after everything he has said.
      Agreed. I'm almost ashamed for him.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iliveudie View Post
      To us and Sony, yes he lost. To himself, he won because he was able to escape the wrath of Sony.

      But no, he didn't really "lose". They "settled". But Sony got the better end of the deal.
      Pretty much. But I don't blame him
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Pretty much. But I don't blame him
      And why is that?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iliveudie View Post
      And why is that?
      Because if I was getting sued from Sony I would fold too. I would not go bankrupt and let something like that consume my life for years. You would?
    1. itsjustlenny's Avatar
      itsjustlenny -
      I don't know why but I always seem to be on the other side of this argument. He got sued because he gave out the key publicly to ppl. Not because he jailbroke his ps3. It's not the same. If you were to release any of apples keys I'm sure they would go after you big time. But you don't all you do is jailbreak. Sure Sony is pisssed cuz he hacked the unhackable. But I don't think they would of gone after him like they did if all he did was jailbreak his machine. Have they gone after any of you that have cfw? Nope. He was stupid enough to put that key out and piss them beyond belief. He got what he deserved for being c0cky. Hope he learned some humility out of this.
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Because if I was getting sued from Sony I would fold too. I would not go bankrupt and let something like that consume my life for years. You would?
      Well, to be honest, if I was in geo's shoes I would have folded too. He is in clear violation of a few copyright laws, and he finally realized that...when he came to the realization that he screwed up, he had no other option besides giving in.

      It was pretty obvious to the most of us that he was going to lose the case, or lose a **** load of money dragging it on.

      Best case scenario, jailbreaking the ps3 would have become legal, but he would still be sued for his illegal distribution of copywirtten materials.

      So yes, I would have folded as well. Or I would have used my damn brain, and not released something like the play stations "keys" to the public.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I don't disagree with that
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      It still would have been cool to see a throw-down. Or at least see geo settle for at least one of the things he put on blast on his blog (i.e. allowing homebrew). But, I do understand his reasons...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iliveudie View Post
      It still would have been cool to see a throw-down. Or at least see geo settle for at least one of the things he put on blast on his blog (i.e. allowing homebrew). But, I do understand his reasons...
      It would be awesome but I don't wish it on anyone
    1. ja808hi's Avatar
      ja808hi -
      I believe and i have been in court with A big company before. And Im not going to say the company's name. Most company's. Small or big. But i have to say a company like SONY. that is very Popular. They don't want the Negative PR. There were a lot of people backing Geohot and showing him support. Sony reads what we read. they not dumb. Lots of people talking about boycotting Sony. So instead of dragging this in court and taking down a (21 year old?)they went the easy way and just ask the judge we will drop the case if Geohot agrees to stop hacking are products. So at the same time they look like the good guy by not taking down a young man. At the end of it all There not hurting the Company. As for me when i took the company to court. they just paid me off. Because i was going to go to the newspaper and news. See big company's don't want Negative PR. Its bad business. I just think thats what happened. Theres a lot of company's that do that. Paid to keep people quite.
    1. mahockey's Avatar
      mahockey -
      My only concern is that Apple have seen how this one has played out and now have a strategy to handicap all our favorite iDevs .
    1. konrads's Avatar
      konrads -
      Quote Originally Posted by ja808hi View Post
      I believe and i have been in court with A big company before. And Im not going to say the company's name. Most company's. Small or big. But i have to say a company like SONY. that is very Popular. They don't want the Negative PR. There were a lot of people backing Geohot and showing him support. Sony reads what we read. they not dumb. Lots of people talking about boycotting Sony. So instead of dragging this in court and taking down a (21 year old?)they went the easy way and just ask the judge we will drop the case if Geohot agrees to stop hacking are products. So at the same time they look like the good guy by not taking down a young man. At the end of it all There not hurting the Company. As for me when i took the company to court. they just paid me off. Because i was going to go to the newspaper and news. See big company's don't want Negative PR. Its bad business. I just think thats what happened. Theres a lot of company's that do that. Paid to keep people quite.
      I boycott Sony nevertheless for the corrupt power they are and have convinced many people NOT to buy Sony products due to the way they behave. Buy Samsing electronics/TV's they care more about the customer, buy a Xbox 360 rather than a PS3. Those companies are not much better, but at least they are not as bad as Sony. So they get the bad PR, maybe not as much as they should, because of what they DO.
    1. itsjustlenny's Avatar
      itsjustlenny -
      Quote Originally Posted by konrads View Post
      I boycott Sony nevertheless for the corrupt power they are and have convinced many people NOT to buy Sony products due to the way they behave. Buy Samsing electronics/TV's they care more about the customer, buy a Xbox 360 rather than a PS3. Those companies are not much better, but at least they are not as bad as Sony. So they get the bad PR, maybe not as much as they should, because of what they DO.
      So what you are saying is that ppl who used cfw on the xbox don't get banned from xbox live..? Because I'm pretty sure that's the policy over at Microsoft. And again if you read my earlier post. Microsoft didn't do what Sony did but again it's completely different cases. Let's see what Microsoft would do if someone put xbox keys out for the public. I don't think they will be as lenient as you make them sound.

      As far as boycotting Sony. Don't forget also they are a movie studio as well. Hope you don't plan to see any of these movies as well:

      Battle: Los Angeles
      Elektra Luxx
      The Grace Card
      The Green Hornet
      Just Go With It
      The Roommate
      The Amazing Spider-Man
      Anonymous
      Arthur Christmas
      Bad Teacher
      Courageous
      Exporting Raymond
      Friends With Benefits
      Jumping The Broom
      Priest
      The Smurfs
      Soul Surfer
      Zookeeper

      And don't forget Sony music too. You know they sign singers(ac/dc,Chris brown,Christina aguilera,Britney spears,Evanescence,foo fighters,kings of Leon,etc). So I hope it's not one you like cuz then you'd be supporting Sony as well.