Sony Sued Geohot Over PS3 Jailbreak


The tussle between Sony and the hackers don’t appear just about completion: the Eastern agency has launched criminal court cases towards the crew Fail0verflow and George Hotz, aka GeoHot.

It's no longer a criticism but, however a request for a restraining order to halt the unfold of the weather to switch the console. Are concerned, amongst different components printed in late December through participants of the staff Fail0verflow and the "master key "aired a few days later by GeoHot.



Sony Computer Entertainment America will support the request by explaining that free access to its information violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act "and" Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and breach of copyright because these modifications would install piracy on the console. Sony hopes to see before any media hosting information on technical hack complained.

An excerpt from the lawsuit reads:

Defendants George Hotz, “Bushing,” Hector Cantero, Sven Peter and “Segher” 
(collectively, “Defendants”) are computer hackers. Working individually and in concert with one another, Defendants recently bypassed effective technological protection measures (“TPMs”) employed by plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLP (“SCEA”) in its proprietary PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (“PS3 System”).  Through the Internet, Defendants are distributing software, tools and instructions (collectively, “Circumvention Devices”) that circumvent the TPMs in the PS3 System and facilitate the counterfeiting of video games.  Already, pirated video games are being packaged and distributed with these circumvention devices.  Declaration of Ryan T. Bricker In Support of Ex Parte Motion for Temporary Restraining Order And Order To Show Cause Re Preliminary Injunction; Order for Impoundment (“Bricker Decl.”) ¶2, Exh. A.  Pursuant to Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 65 and Local Rules 65-1 and 7-10, SCEA moves ex parte to put an immediate halt to the ongoing distribution of these illegal Circumvention Devices and avoid 
irreparable harm to SCEA and to other video game software developers stemming from video game piracy.

On its website, Geohot has made available the documents he received from the Federal Court of the United States, located in San Francisco, but did not close access to the famous key or his custom firmware released last week.

This legal attack against Sony could also highlight the technical limits of the firm, which could hurt to block these methods to hack on their console. If the manufacturer has recently announced on the floor of updates to plug the breaches, hackers claim that the manufacturer can not do much at risk to cause an incompatibility between the console and the games already out. However  Sony could possibly be able to detect changes to start the console, when it accesses the Internet to connect the user to PSN. The firm would thus be able to block the account of a user who checked his console … opportunities that are now only speculations.

We will have to wait and see what will court have to say on this. In July last year, the United States government ruled in the favor of iPhone jailbreaks and unlocks as legal, as long as they were not used for piracy purposes. (via Geohot)

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