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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.

    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. ihappy's Avatar
      ihappy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Did Nintendo get all upset when the Wii got hacked? People are selling mod chips and distributing soft mods all over the place and it seems to me legal.
      I am 100% in agreement with this statement. Sony is just upset because someone found a loophole in their software.
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      I dont see sony winning this case, very proactive on their part.
    1. yardape321's Avatar
      yardape321 -
      Jailbreaking was deemed legal to cellular devices that can make out going calls. This is probably possible on the PS3. "It does everything" right?
      The case will be thrown out of court.
    1. zeroGsti's Avatar
      zeroGsti -
      Quote Originally Posted by punjabi212 View Post
      What can you do with a Jailbroken ps3?
      Install Homebrew games/apps and possibly run Linux and other OS's again.
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Quote Originally Posted by yardape321 View Post
      Jailbreaking was deemed legal to cellular devices that can make out going calls. This is probably possible on the PS3. "It does everything" right?
      The case will be thrown out of court.
      hahahah nice one
      I would so say that in court haha nah

      all i can say is: Leave him alone and come on Sony stop acting like kids. Your ps3 does everything right? Then it can be hacked, broken, surf the web and maybe.... allow the installation of uummm let see....... pirate games? uumm nope oh okay then it doesnt do everything?

      see sony!!!!! Geohot is trying to show the world that your ps3 can (almost) do everything!!!

      they should hire him and make him do their security next time!!!!
    1. glacius7's Avatar
      glacius7 -
      Sony can't possibly sue this guy. He bought the PS3 and he could do whatever he wanted with it. This is not illegal. Sony should leave this guy alone. He's a GENIUS. LEAVE HIM ALONE....
    1. mattoligy's Avatar
      mattoligy -
      Power hungry f*%king bullys!!!! He's pretty much a kid ffs and he didn't enable backup loading so WTF!? He might as well just release a CFW with the lot now, he's gana get sh!t from them either way, kick em right in the balls!

      I say we all post vids on YouTube smashing the f*%k out of our PS3 lol
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      I jailbroke my ps3, and geohot.com SPECIFICALLY says that he does NOT condone piracy and on top of that, the CFW (custom firmware) he released has the lv2diag.self locked so there is no way to enable piracy using anything he has given us! But there is a group working on exploiting lv1diag.self to enable piracy but they aren't even assoiated with geohot and they aren't mentioned in the suit!

      reference: geohot.com, the PS3 modding community i'm in c0dereality.com, and the auctual papers filed with the court.
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      The kid loves his drama, he's about to get more than he ever bargained for.
    1. relkorama's Avatar
      relkorama -
      Wow. Who poo pooed on Sony's Cornflakes? I guess GeoHot did.

      This is an extreme over reaction by a money hungry corporation. I bought and paid for the $399 device...and if I want to install a program I "homebrewed" then I should be able to do this if I want.

      As long as I don't install illegal software ans/or programs to play pirated games...then suck it Sony!!

      The only thing I would love my PS3 to do is play video through AirPlay from my iPad. Basically have a "Apple TV app" that makes the PS3 do what the Apple TV does.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Perfect example on why I hate anything sony...

      Better yet, someone make a save Geohot theme!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      What Geohot has released is no different than iPhone Jailbreaking tools.

      Steve Jobs should send an email to Jack Tretton, and just say,

      Dear Jack
      Been there, done that, lost, now STFU.

      All the best,
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      There have been xbox (original) mod chips and all that which in fact "promote" piracy but I dont recall any major lawsuits and you can still buy them.

      So why attack a brilliant young mind that with a little help from another cracked Sony's weak *** security.

      It all boils down to Sony being embarrassed it was so easily defeated. Didn't he even offer to help show Sony what they "should do" to combat this stuff. Somebody hire the kid and sue Sony on his behalf for defamation and false accusations.
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      The kid loves his drama, he's about to get more than he ever bargained for.
      Are serious, you can't pin this on him being an attention whore.
    1. ODB25's Avatar
      ODB25 -
      You know you've made it big when SONY is filing court orders against you, damn.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      I understand Sony's position. It's like Geo slapped a sleeping dog too many times and now it's barking. I think the MOST they can do is drain his bank account defending himself if this escalates. But I agree this is covered under the new ruling.
    1. z28kid's Avatar
      z28kid -
      I'd make a shirt if there was serious interest in them I have a 4 color 4 station press
    1. LivesForJihad's Avatar
      LivesForJihad -
      Shame on Sony...

      It seems the more laws we have, the less freedoms we can enjoy.

      In this case...the law to protect digital copy writes now strips a man of his right to use a Sony PS3 (legally anyway)

      At least Microsoft doesn't file restraining orders against hackers...at least to my/our knowledge...but correct me if I am wrong.
    1. thacarta1's Avatar
      thacarta1 -
      Hes good! Im sure Hes got a team Of law-dogs 4 dis!!
    1. Ochocinco's Avatar
      Ochocinco -
      to be fair the psp was destroyed cause of homebrewing/ hacking it, sony doesn't want to even take a chance with the ps3 falling into the psp fait