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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Sony Settled PS3 Jailbreak Case

Sony Settled PS3 Jailbreak Case

Sony Settled PS3 Jailbreak Case

Added: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Sony and George Hotz (known online as GeoHot) released joint statement announcing an end to the well-known jailbreak case.


Sony has apparently taken a wise decision to end the lawsuit against Internet user nicknamed GeoHot, widely known online for hacking PlayStation 3 and therefore being accused of infringing the DMCA. GeoHot was accused of bypassing the company’s technological protection means for the PlayStation 3, and of making the “unauthorized Circumvention Devices”, or the root key, available online.

Sony explained that its motivation for starting the litigation in question was to protect its intellectual property and its consumers, and said that the company believes the aim is achieved. GeoHot discovered and made the root key available online on his blog in 2010, which caused Sony’s rapid respond with a restraining order against publishing of the root code. Even such giant as Google found itself involved in the lawsuit with Sony demanding it to pass over the user names and IP addresses of the Internet users publishing comments to the YouTube video relating to the hack.

However, George Hotz’s attorneys believe that the real intention of Sony was to send a message that anyone using Sony hardware in “inappropriate” way will face legal consequences from a multinational giant, regardless of any legal basis or authority for this action. The fact is that the jailbreak code is already published on the Internet, which means that there’s no way to reverse things back.

The settlement reached says that GeoHot has consented to a permanent injunction of the order demanding that he refrain from further posting the root key. The hacker himself says that he has never had an intention to cause trouble for users or to facilitate piracy, keeping insisting that obtaining and posting the root key helped to improve the non-violating aspects of PS3. In fact, the manufacturer itself has always marketed PS3 as a “multimedia PC” able to play BluRay films, music, browse personal photos, and stream online content among other functions. That’s what was claimed to be improved by the user’s ability to install and run 3rd party software on the device.

The litigation in question resulted in some people openly calling for a boycott of Sony products and in the relentless attacks to Sony’s PlayStation site which went offline for a while. That’s what can be inconvenient for users and the company…

April 20th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-20 02:16:49)
DEMONLORD avatarits like they used him to reveal flaws in there design

posted by Blocked (2011-04-20 02:28:40)
klkeklller avatarspeculation is that sony used open source code in the ps3 and they are trying to cover it up sony dont want linux back on the ps3 they dont care about piracy they are hiding something

posted by (2011-04-20 03:40:32)
newrose avatarHate sony, modification should be allowed for the things you own.Does sony pay back if my PS3 is broken ,no.Then why they are interferring things i own.After i bought it,whatever i like to do i have a rights to do it.If not sure i will send my broken things back to manufacturers.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2011-04-20 07:09:14)
trialNerror avatarThis is just my opinion: It's not a flaw in design. It took years to really hack a PS3 while it only took weeks for someone to hack an X360. The PS3 hack is a liability to all users on the PSN which in worst case scenarios could allow transfers of viruses and account stealing - including personal billing information. That is what Sony is wanting to avoid and why they took such action. From what I heard, this George fellow now has a line of job offers from big companies interested in technological security developments.

posted by (2011-04-20 09:40:24)
DoomRider13 avatarThe bad thing is that Sony lost a lot of money since PSN went offline a couple of time last months! I got a lot of friends that was so much frustrated about the no online game on PS3, so they sold their PS3 for a Xbox360! No joke!!

posted by (2011-04-20 10:43:45)
BlaziHawk avatarthe sony PSN went down because of group,they also took out the sony website hahaha Geo is awesome check his rap out on youtube

posted by (2011-04-20 19:36:08)
No avatarSonys good at ripping people off. Almost every game you buy has extra add on content that cost anywhere between 5 and 25 dollars. To enjoy these games to the fullest you need this add on content. Now instead of these games costing $60 they cost about $100. So now its time for the consumer to get some of that money back.

posted by ET lovermen (2011-04-20 21:04:19)
brods73 avatari go online on my ps3 all the time and the psn only went down for a bit and i didnt even notice so as for people selling there ps3 for an xbox360??? geohot though did say at the start that sony should hire him!!!

posted by (2011-04-21 06:15:42)
Tparsons5150 avatarI'm behind Sony , But I think they shouldnt have dealed with him they should have taken him down.

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