More Info on Sony vs Geohot


According to wired.com, Sony has been awarded some more subpoenas in the case vs George Hotz. There is a few tidbits of new info as well. I will make one observation…Geohot has been amazingly quiet since his last outburst when Sony raided that German hackers house. I’m wondering if these new subpoena’s are making him weary or if his lawyers are telling him to keep quiet.

-Federal Magistrate granted Sony the right to acquire the IP’s of anybody who visited Geohotz site from January 2009 to present as well as anyone who accessed the downloaded files.

-Sony apparently won the subpoenas for data from YouTube, Twitter and Google as well as getting the data for all people who commented, rehosted, watched said info.

-Sony prefers to to sue Hotz in New Jersey rather then San Francisco.

-EFF thinks the subpoenas are overly broad and inappropriate.

-Sony seeking unspecified damages from Hotz.


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Luke on March 5th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    This is getting out of hand, SONY needs to relax. They were granted the ability to “acquire the IP’s of anybody who visited Geohotz site from January 2009 to present as well as anyone who accessed the downloaded files”.

    I am pretty sure I went out to his website to read about all of the information that was coming out. So now I am on someones list because I looked at something! Total joke!

  2. #2 by Eddie on March 5th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    If you’re on the internet…you’re on several lists. Sony is just getting a copy of one list. If you want to stay off of lists, stay off of the net lol.

    If you read the whole article though, the IP info is just for them to get ammo to get approval to move the case to New Jersey and out of California.

  3. #3 by Beastxjason on March 5th, 2011 [ 25936 Points ]

    Ya Im with luke. I was there. Even downloaded the file and looked at it with a hex editor. So what? Crazy. I hear circus music…

  4. #4 by Luke on March 5th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    Kid broke the law and now they have to prove it did enough damage to sue him in his own home town. Gotta love the legal system.

  5. #5 by Eddie on March 5th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    You won’t be affected Beast. They might have your IP…but so what? Not like they are going to ban you for downloading it.

  6. #6 by Ravenitrius on March 5th, 2011 [ 1275 Points ]

    Oh come on. Sony should know we’re all curious little monkeys and want to know what the heck was going on. Lol.

  7. #7 by Baba0Booey on March 5th, 2011 [ 5938 Points ]

    I’m glad Sony is getting the upper hand on this pencil necked little ******. He broke the rules now its time to face the music, but he was stupid enough to provoke a giant, personally I hope he gets jailtime, I’d love to see this guy on the MSNBC show Lockup:Raw in a year and watch him cry like the little b***h he is.

    He should have just gotten a real job

  8. #8 by Kane112 on March 5th, 2011 [ 34187 Points ]

    seems like sony is just trying to get anything on the go

  9. #9 by Beastxjason on March 5th, 2011 [ 25936 Points ]

    Eddie: You won’t be affected Beast.They might have your IP…but so what?Not like they are going to ban you for downloading it.  

    Ya I figured that but it does feel like an invasion of privacy if you ask me.

  10. #10 by Eddie on March 6th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    It might be an invasion of privacy Beast. Just remember its the United States government that is doing it…Sony just asked for it.

  11. #11 by pedro on March 6th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Pretty sure I won’t be getting into any of these lists.

    But, I can’t say i’m not worried about repercussions, for people who went there merely for information (eg: Luke or Beastxjason).

  12. #12 by Eddie on March 6th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    I went for info too. Not worried about it.

  13. #13 by Jay on March 6th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    I doubt they would go after every single person who visited the site. That would cost way too much in legal fees. If anything, they’re probably going to use the info as evidence of GeoHot supplying others who have made the hack available on their sites


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