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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. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      Thats not a real picture of geohot. Close looking but not him.
      LOL what is it then? And the more important question, WHY?
    1. The.Sniper's Avatar
      The.Sniper -
      As usual the only people that are going to win are the LAWYERS and SONY...
      While the people get... CRUSHED. Im saddened! Best luck G.
    1. amadorDIEGO's Avatar
      amadorDIEGO -
      Nice avatar ... Go Lakeshow!
    1. azx20000's Avatar
      azx20000 -
      Geohot Speaks Out About PS3 Lawsuit on Attack of the Show

      YouTube - geohot speaks out at Attack of the Show about PS3 Lawsuit
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Good luck to Geohot, scary stuff indeed.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      He seems rather chill about the whole thing
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      There is no way he loses this. He specifically avoided piracy and Sony has been spanked already for altering their system.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by endwaro View Post
      they should hire him and make him do their security next time!!!!
      i shall agree, but only if they sell diff consoles that are pre-unlocked.
    1. dniMretsaMi's Avatar
      dniMretsaMi -
      Quote Originally Posted by azx20000 View Post
      Geohot Speaks Out About PS3 Lawsuit on Attack of the Show

      YouTube - geohot speaks out at Attack of the Show about PS3 Lawsuit
      I watched that earlier this morning. He seems to be taking it pretty well. I think he's got this since he blocked piracy from his JB. Sure it can be patched, but that's not his fault. Go after the ones who made that change and not George!
    1. harmycl's Avatar
      harmycl -
      Haha that picture was so suitable for this article
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Just found this link on twitter.

      YouTube - George Hotz a.k.a. GeoHot on Attack of the Show.
    1. delizaza23's Avatar
      delizaza23 -
      sony can go and fuk themselves and they will not win the court case
    1. Cdaniels0's Avatar
      Cdaniels0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ND1612 View Post
      I found the legal docs if anyone is interested.

      19 Main
      Yeah. Thankss.
    1. INeed2Know's Avatar
      INeed2Know -
      I like Sony, they build ANDROIDS!!!

      Lol it goes like this:
      Sony: Geohot here's the restraining order you must keep 50 feet away from all Sony businesses, well I guess it's back to China.
      Geohot: I'll make sure.
    1. pdiddy21502's Avatar
      pdiddy21502 -
      GL Geo. Nice pic HAHA