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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. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I think Sony's just butthurt that their super-secure console finally got broken into after over 3 years on the market
    1. iJake's Avatar
      iJake -
      Sony is lost, helpless and cut deep because they have been outsmarted by a genius. They paid top dollar salaries to useless security programmers and expected it to be "effective", that's a laugh. If George didn't find this method, someone else, smart enough and determined enough, would have.

      I really hope George makes it through. If I paid top dollar for a PS3, I would want the same as he did, freedom.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Your idea is flawed. Once you commit a crime (say murder), it is not undone by you going to jail for life. The idea is to create a punishment so that others don't want to follow in your footsteps.

      That said, this whole thing is just as absurd as Apple trying to claim jailbreaking is illegal.

      PS George... shave the pubes off your chin. You look like a douche.
      I'm not talking about crimes in any way, shape or form.
      I'm saying once something is on the Internet it's pretty much their for life. Even if Sony managed to make Geohot take down his website, the info was mirrored and copied to hundreds of other sites within an hour.
    1. zyb's Avatar
      zyb -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      What Geohot has released is no different than iPhone Jailbreaking tools.

      Steve Jobs should send an email to Jack Tretton, and just say,
      LMFAO... that would be just perfect.

      Sony has over-reacted to this in a big way - it stems from the complete lack of understanding that Jailbreaking is meant to give full control of the device you purchased and fully OWN back to YOU.

      What you do with the device thereafter is for you to decide.

      If you decide to use your device to run pirated applications or software, then that's your problem and sony and other software makers should pursue these people... NOT people that just want to be able to do more with their device without the silly restrictions imposed by hardware makers that believe that we, as consumers, are not capable of making these decisions for ourselves - it's really rather insulting on their part to assume this... is anyone else as insulted as I am...?

      Geohot rules the jailbreaking world - Sony would do themselves a favour by employing him... instead they sue him... pretty pointless really... the tools and keys are out there in the public domain...

      NO amount of money is EVER going to undo that... the internet is public domain and if the American corporation thinks their ruling will apply to, say, the EU... well then ... I have news for you Sony America... your law is NOT our law...

      HAHAHA... scr3w sony america and the boat they arrived on.
    1. bootlucky's Avatar
      bootlucky -
      This is the same company that did the DRM rootkit malware too...

      Sony sucks.
    1. zyb's Avatar
      zyb -
      Quote Originally Posted by bootlucky View Post
      This is the same company that did the DRM rootkit malware too...

      Sony sucks.
      Ah, yes... it's been so long i'd almost forgotten... mmm... perhaps Geohot should sue them for that... (if he was affected by it)...

      that /would/ be schweet...sony sues Geohot, Geohot sues sony...

    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      people will eventually bring mkv support and there is emulators maybe open remote play.
      I'm interested in mkv with dts support.

      Also, I'd love to see someone make Kinect work with PS3
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I can understand them being concerned about pirated software, but had they simply left the OtherOS alone this probably wouldn't have happened.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Did Bill Gates have a reverse orgy when people started toying with their software? nuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

      So why is sony (and Apple) so hell bent on stopping people from toying with their software?
    1. alx94's Avatar
      alx94 -
      If Geohot would just release it for jailbroken apps can sony even sue this early?
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Electronic Frontier Foundation should take this up,the corporations are taking over the word and running our governments. Considering the small amount of people that own the device that could actually jailbreak it seems very heavy handed.

      The next time I am considering a Sony product (which is in next 6 months) I will remember this (hello LG), next Sony will be telling me what programs are allowed to be watched on their TVs.
    1. brokentwice's Avatar
      brokentwice -
      Justice 4 geo!

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jQ7oiPmAc8]YouTube - JUSTICE 4 GEO : The King of Hack[/ame]
    1. wolk72's Avatar
      wolk72 -
      OMG i feel bad, i hope he dont go to jail, cause we need him.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      GeoHot's stupid hacked firmware has ruined PSN, hacking noobs in MW2 has made online pointless.

      He released the PS3 root keys thats why Sony are also angry.
    1. mr_motta1989's Avatar
      mr_motta1989 -
      its funny how they never did nothing about the psp and its custom firmwares and its pirated games but for the ps3 theyre going through all this.
    1. iFoxyLady's Avatar
      iFoxyLady -
      Are you serious?!

      That is so asinine :/ Leave him the BLEEP alone!
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      F U Sony. Dont be mad that ur system was hacked. Get over it, jailbreaking is legal. suck it!
    1. declanland's Avatar
      declanland -
      Why Not Jus Leave Him Along And Let Him Do What He Want's To HIS PS3.... Like The Guy Above Said, You Should Be Chasing Down The People For Piracy. George Is Probably More Intelligent Than A Lot Of People Who Work For Sony. Got To Give It To Him, Seeing He's Like The First One To Mod The PS3's Firmware.
      Declan Land - iPhoneModZone.co.cc
    1. NCMacMan's Avatar
      NCMacMan -
      Love the picture! Hey Scooby, should we like, get a snack?
    1. ND1612's Avatar
      ND1612 -
      I found the legal docs if anyone is interested.

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