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03-31-2011, 07:40 AM #101
If you were to read every license agreement it would scare you into not using anything. The owner's manual of your car has a long list of actions that it says will void your warranty despite very few of these being enforceable - especially in court.
I think Geohot's law team's strategy should be to put Sony on the defensive and starting asking the court for access to Sony emails pertaining to the case through the Open Records Law. In doing so, they could uncover enough dirt and bad press (although this case doesn't enough press) that Sony might prefer it just all go away.
03-31-2011, 02:02 PM #102
03-31-2011, 09:42 PM #103
04-02-2011, 01:18 PM #104
By opening the package you agree to the terms of the license that you haven't had the opportunity to even read yet? I don't recall what eventually became of all that, but I think that it was finally challenged in court somewhere and based on a ruling everyone in the industry stopped doing it, but I'm sure they're currently using something almost as ridiculously sneaky.
Bottom line is, read the agreement to see if you really want to , uh, agree. I never do. Who does? That thing you click on is just something that slows down the install process or gets in the way of your enjoyment of the thing. But, me not taking the time to read it is my problem.
However, be that as it may, I think Hotz does have an angle if SCEA can't show it is an interested party and has been or anticipates being harmed. The venue issue is probably good as well. Now it's all up to the judge. I'm not a huge fan of Hotz, but, good luck to him.
Last edited by quidam_brujah; 04-02-2011 at 01:33 PM.
04-04-2011, 07:59 PM #105
I hope geohot takes Sony down a notch.
04-05-2011, 12:50 AM #106
Anonymous, the notorious hacktivist group originating from the 4chan imageboard, has set its sights on Sony for alleged abuse, victimisation and privacy violations in the legal action against a group of PS3 hackers.
In an image, posted to the website AnonNews, a member of the group states, "Sony, you have now received the undivided attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal action against our fellow hackers, Geohot and Graf_Chokolo, has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable."
George "Geohot" Hotz and the German-born Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov are two of the hackers who dismantled the PlayStation 3's security architecture and made the information public. This data has made homebrew software, game piracy and cheating in online games a common occurrence on the console.
To fight back, Sony has entered a long and bitter legal campaign against the coders and their associates.
Since January 2011, Hotz has been entangled in a court case with Sony's American division. In February 2011, Sony Europe demanded German police raid Egorenkov's home and seize any equipment related to hacking the PS3. The Japanese gaming titan has also threatened to sue the cheeky coder for a whopping million euros.
Sony has also had varying degrees of success in demanding information from other sites and services in relation to the case. Paypal gave up all the information on Hotz's account and Sony was able to see the IP addresses of everyone who has visited the hacker's website.
The manifesto says that the forthcoming attacks will also be for reasons other than the legal actions against Hotz and Egorenkov. "Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing," the poster reads.
"Perhaps you should alert your customers to the fact that they are apparently only renting your products?" it asks. "Anonymous would like to inform you that you have only been 'renting' your web domains."
Which, presumably, is a call to arms for DDoS attacks and other online villainy against Sony. The group, working under the name " Operation Payback" has used similar techniques to bring down websites for the MPAA and RIAA.