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  • Jailbreaker Geohot Slapped with Restraining Order from Sony


    On Tuesday, consumer electronics giant Sony proceeded to file a restraining order against jailbreaker extraordinaire George Hotz - better known in our community as "Geohot," the famous iPhone hacker. Geohot and his team have been cited by Sony for bypassing "effective technological protective measures" in PlayStation 3 firmware version 3.55. Just days ago, Geohot released a controversial jailbreak which enables PlayStation 3 hackers to run custom packages on the console. Geohot is endeavoring to restore the "Other OS" option pulled from the hugely popular gaming system in 2010.

    According to Sony, the restraining order is necessary to stop Geohot from offering the jailbreak. The PS3 maker alleges Geohot and his cohorts are blatantly violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud Abuse Act. Based on what's known of the court filing, Sony takes direct aim at Geohot claiming the jailbreaker has "trafficked in circumvention technology, products, services, methods, codes, software tools, [and] devices."

    The main reason Sony is upset? The company doesn't want illegal (aka pirated) games played on its system. As with all related jailbreak concerns, this case boils down to the almighty dollar. And Sony says Geohot's antics will continue to cost the company - and ultimately consumers - a pretty penny. Although "Save Geohot" t-shirts are not yet available, someone may want to fire up the printing press because Sony is seriously gunning for Geohot's head like no one has before.

    CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Jailbreaker Geohot Slapped with Restraining Order from Sony started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 135 Comments
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      save geohot t-shirts would actually be cool someone make!
    1. chamboi42o's Avatar
      chamboi42o -
      This guy is a genius.
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      Sony isn't a court or legal authority to decide what laws are and are not being broken. As the precedence against Apple's claim that jailbreaking is illegal reveals, you're free to manipulate your device all you like with any OS you wish and any code you wish as long as you're not pirating.

      Just because you can pirate with a computer, does that mean computers should be illegal too? Maybe we should hang bill gates and steve jobs by the noose for developing operating systems that allow you to download limewire on them.
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      This is a full-blown lawsuit now (link below). Don't imagine this will go well for Sony seeing as how there are a couple of precedents here. Likely just trying to intimidate future hacks/hackers.

      Sony follows up, officially sues Geohot and fail0verflow over PS3 jailbreak -- Engadget
    1. gunnysir's Avatar
      gunnysir -
      So the answer is, boycot ALL Sony products and when they see their number plummet into the toilet, they will realize this kind of heavy hand will not work.
      Thanks Sony for choosing the bully route because that is what this is, being a bully.
    1. dykzebr's Avatar
      dykzebr -
      This is all BS, Sony, pull your head out of your ***, let the kid do as he will, and go after the people stealing apps/ games.

      As much as I like your idea gunnysir, I disAGREE, I am addicted to COD Black Ops..
    1. Cdaniels0's Avatar
      Cdaniels0 -
      Yeah Go George Hotz! So beast. Look at the attention he is getting.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Since when can you get a restraining order from a whole company
    1. donkeykongking's Avatar
      donkeykongking -
      let him release rubyra1n before this :P
    1. Nest's Avatar
      Nest -
      Geohot should sue Sony for wasting his time and his presence.
    1. iBeZeKe's Avatar
      iBeZeKe -
      Wow looks like they had to go after someone since the thing in Spain, the government allowed the people to jailbreak their PS3...and made Sony pay some court fees....Let us jailbreak our pS3's!!!!
    1. Aleckloss's Avatar
      Aleckloss -
      I believe that modifying software should be up to the end user to get the most out of their purchases.
    1. zim_from_IPH's Avatar
      zim_from_IPH -
      Hahaha what legal right does sony have? He is not pirating software he is just allowing freedom to. I think sony needs new lawyers
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Idk. If there's laws that state he can't jailbreak a ps3. Then go ahead and sue. Why is everyone crying

      "LEAVE GEOHOT ALONE" go cry about it Chris crockers. Who cares.

      With the iPhone it's legal to jailbreak therefore. Good job geohot. Apple can't do anything
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      If someone legally owns the system, you have the right to modify it. Sony would sue someone for money. Guess Sony is trying to catch up with Nintendo.
    1. JD3V3N3Y's Avatar
      JD3V3N3Y -
      Ummmm... sony's got some issues. Oh, wait, let me rephrase that: Sony has A LOT of issues!
    1. relkorama's Avatar
      relkorama -
      So, if I buy a Ford pickup truck...and I take out the stock stereo and install a new Clarion DVD Navigation System...do you think Ford will sue me because I modded my Ford?

      Suck it Sony!!
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Geohot made Sony his B****!!!!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Geohotz can't step within 100 meters of a Bravia, Vaio or Cybershot. If he walks into a Bestbuy, snipers will take him out.

      But seriously, this sounds more like Sony realizes they can't patch the PS3 and/or determine who is and who isn't using pirated games on PSN. They made the mother of all cockups in creating their Private Key and now they're scrambling.
      Did Microsoft do this? No, because they can still patch things and add new security layers and ban consoles. Did Nintendo do this? No, they tried to patch things but found they too can't prevent the hacking of the Wii but admitted defeat, and said we still made crap loadsa money and have the best selling console.
      I feel Sony is panicking big-time!
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Geohotz can't step within 100 meters of a Bravia, Vaio or Cybershot. If he walks into a Bestbuy, snipers will take him out.

      But seriously, this sounds more like Sony realizes they can't patch the PS3 and/or determine who is and who isn't using pirated games on PSN. They made the mother of all cockups in creating their Private Key and now they're scrambling.
      Did Microsoft do this? No, because they can still patch things and add new security layers and ban consoles. Did Nintendo do this? No, they tried to patch things but found they too can't prevent the hacking of the Wii but admitted defeat, and said we still made crap loadsa money and have the best selling console.
      I feel Sony is panicking big-time!
      I think all the consoles should just "can't beat em, join em"