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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. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      "he didn't do it for fame"
      Really? You think that?
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Just like anyone else who is proud of their hard work, he did it because he could and probably for notoriety. In the end, we're all guilty of vain now and then and I'm sure Geohot has learned from this and will quietly release his future PS3 jailbreaks spoofed through an alias running through a proxy(lol DidUSeeWhatIDidThere?)
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      I've been asking for months now and no avail for an answer. Where does it state that Geohot has broken any law by publicising the rootkey? Where does it say that the rootkey is copywritten? Send me the link to where it says it is. Otherwise I don't think what he's done is illegal. Just because sony says something is illegal doesn't mean it is. Now, it could be illegal in their gaming systems and could result in a PSN ban, but not a lawsuit.
      And we've told you multiple times, go and read the DMCA.

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    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by konrads View Post
      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.
      Why don't you hold the government agencies and officials who were supposed to be inspecting such companies but instead turned a blind eye once money was thrown their way?

      This argument annoys me everytime I hear it. We don't bother to care about the corners big businesses cut until it comes back to bite us in the ***.

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    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      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.
      Good luck with that, they only have roughly 1,000 subsidiary branches/companies.


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    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Regarding the copyright issue and the Sony EULA, it states that no part of the software may be disassembled, reverse-engineered, etc. or disessminated in whole or in part without Sony's express written consent.

      Rootkeys are part of the software and thus are subject to this copyright. Argument settled.

      Almost any EULA I've ever read includes this clause so Geohot knew he could get in some trouble but he release them anyway for the good of the people and hoped that people would put them to good use and not use them for piracy.

      And for that, we thank you.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Where the F do you guys get these GeoHot pics lmaoooo