Sony Vs Hotz – It’s All Over


Geohot, a.k.a George Hotz has finally found some space to breathe. Both SONY and Hotz have come to an agreement on a settlement, with Hotz accepting a permanent injunction against his development activities on the PS3.

Details after the jump:

Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) and George Hotz (“Hotz”) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.

Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.” Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s internet services and websites.

In the action, SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames. Hotz denies any wrongdoing on his part. Hotz’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was still pending before the federal court in San Francisco but a preliminary injunction was issued requiring Hotz to take down the postings challenged by SCEA.

“We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network,” added Russell. “We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

Source: PlayStation Blog


Written by: Madagasca - News Contributor


  1. #1 by DJ Paul on April 11th, 2011

    So geohot pretty much let this case go?
    Did I understand this correctly?

    Or did Sony give him a sum of money?

  2. #2 by Dean147 on April 11th, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

    well hopefully this will mean we wont have to hear about these guys every other day. the whole ps3 hacking/ anon/ geohotz is just boring.

  3. #3 by Pedro on April 11th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I didn’t really understand what happened…

    What’s the permanent injunction good for?

  4. #4 by Eddie on April 11th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    DJ Paul: So geohot pretty much let this case go?
    Did I understand this correctly?Or did Sony give him a sum of money?  

    Not even close. Geohot was the defendant. Sony was the plaintiff. Sony was the driving force of this lawsuit, Geohot had no control whatsoever.

    Geohot is not allowed to circumvent any product of Sony’s protected by law ever again. Any attempt will result in a $10,000 fine. Any attempt to distribute the information will result in a $250,000 fine. Any lawsuits agains Hotz in the future will automatically take place in California.

    In other words, Sony got what they wanted. He isn’t allowed to touch the PS3 ever again, the law against hacking the PS3 still exists as the DMCA until/if congress decides to alter it.

  5. #5 by Pedro on April 11th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @Eddie thanks for the clarification.

    This sounds like a fair deal. Hope to never hear about that guy again.

  6. #6 by Jason on April 11th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    Weak

  7. #7 by Madagasca on April 11th, 2011 [ 6529 Points ]

    @Eddie

    Cheers bro for the further info. I was gonna add the deets to the post but I guess leaving them in the comments will generate a better discussion.

    I’m glad this is all over. This verdict is a serious kick in the teeth for Hotz.

  8. #8 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on April 11th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    its over sigh.

  9. #9 by Ace on April 11th, 2011 [ 23465 Points ]

    Wikileaks will get what really happened. Personally I think this went way to easy, maybe sony gave him a job. Either way he pissed off a lot of people.

  10. #10 by Trieloth on April 11th, 2011 [ 3426 Points ]

    Cool beams he lost, I know the talk about sales will never end but can we talk about games now?

  11. #11 by dave on April 11th, 2011

    I thank he should have been fine $200,000 plus want Sony did to him, but Iam glad now that they Sony can fine out if hackers get in the PS3, so good luck to all the hackers of the PS3 cause your not getting away now.

    If Iam wrong about above, please let me know cause I thank they did do somehing about the hacks.

  12. #12 by dave on April 11th, 2011

    and I never heard of him untill the PS3 thing happen, so that tells you that I dont care about hackers.

  13. #13 by Ravenitrius on April 11th, 2011 [ 1275 Points ]

    Hotz is a Grey or Black Hat hacker? Also most hackers tend to work in the security industry.

  14. #14 by SicSemperTyranis on April 11th, 2011 [ 6405 Points ]

    Is he going to return the money that people gave him for his defense fund?

  15. #15 by Smegmazor on April 11th, 2011

    Watch this kid become a billion dollar mogul in about 5 years.

  16. #16 by Eddie on April 11th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    SicSemperTyranis: Is he going to return the money that people gave him for his defense fund?  

    He said he is going to update his blog with that info soon and he thinks people will be happy about what he does. I personally think he will be giving it to graf_chokolo.

  17. #17 by ZFM12 on April 11th, 2011 [ 1495 Points ]

    Thanks for the Update Madagasca. Just glad Geohot thing is done and over with.

  18. #18 by Kane112 on April 11th, 2011 [ 34232 Points ]

    haha i was thinking the samething as sisempertyranis. good point eddie wonder if he will give it to graf_chokolo havent heard much about his case lately

  19. #19 by dave on April 11th, 2011

    so I guess Iam wrong with the thumbs down? oh well.

  20. #20 by Sakinah on April 12th, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    Glad that’s over.

  21. #21 by anonymous on April 12th, 2011

    lol @ people thinking this is over….it’s not…it’s only just begun.

    but loved this article for some reason:

    http://androidcommunity.com/sony-attempts-hiring-koush-gets-faced-20110316/

  22. #22 by Eddie on April 12th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    anonymous: lol @ people thinking this is over….it’s not…it’s only just begun.but loved this article for some reason:http://androidcommunity.com/sony-attempts-hiring-koush-gets-faced-20110316/  

    This article is very old and to my knowledge was proven to be fake as Sony does not have a Talent Acquisition Department.

  23. #23 by Ferginator88 on April 13th, 2011 [ 55 Points ]

    Bout friggin time.


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