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Sony Settles Out of Court with PS3 Hacker Geohot

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Sony has settled with PS3 hacker George Hotz, aka Geohot.

The plight of 21-year-old George Hotz caused many PlayStation fans to decry Sony and its decision to sue Hotz for hacking the PS3 and posting details of his exploits online. The suit has been a messy, complicated one and it looked as though the two parties were gearing up for a lengthy legal battle. However, it seems the electronics giant and the New Jersey youth have quietly settled out of court.

Speaking via the official PlayStation blog, Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Sony revealed that Geohot and Sony reached a settlement on March 31.

Though full details of the settlement were not disclosed, Seybold did mention that 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."

For his part, Hotz says he never intended to make piracy easier.

“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.”

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    shloader , April 11, 2011 7:23 PM
    See? We can love Sony again.
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    obiown77 , April 11, 2011 7:24 PM
    I give it 3 months, and sony will be after the next George Hotz.



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    itchyisvegeta , April 11, 2011 7:28 PM
    The smart thing for Sony to do now, is to offer this kid a job in helping to develop the next Playstation.
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    tburns1 , April 11, 2011 7:30 PM
    Is that a picture of him? He looks like we just caught him hacking. Or he's stoned. Probably stoned.
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    scook9 , April 11, 2011 7:30 PM
    Anything he could do, someone else can do so they will and this will all just start over again
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    dalethepcman , April 11, 2011 7:34 PM
    The bad PR outweighed the negligible benefits of scaring hackers, sony settls for "don't do it again!"
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    irsoccer05 , April 11, 2011 7:35 PM
    He's actually urging people to boycott Sony at this point, so we'll have to see how that turns out.
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    jonyah , April 11, 2011 7:37 PM
    So, I wonder how much they paid him?
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    SteelCity1981 , April 11, 2011 7:38 PM
    how about instead of punishing him by slapping a lawsuit on him like they did hire the man instead. I mean he out-witted everyone at Sony by exposing this exploit so he obv knows his crap in regards to expsoing weaknesses in their system.
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    Marco925 , April 11, 2011 7:53 PM
    tburns1Is that a picture of him? He looks like we just caught him hacking. Or he's stoned. Probably stoned.

    that's the picture wikipedia has.
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    jcb82 , April 11, 2011 7:53 PM
    How do these kids develop the know how to go about hacking complicated pieces of hardware like the PS3. Did his parents only allow him to read computer science textbooks from birth? How do these people get around to doing these things? Its just like that kid from Iceland or wherever who at 17 years old was able to hack DVD protection.
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    kinggraves , April 11, 2011 8:03 PM
    Unless the settlement is only the injunction and there was no cash payment for Sony, this is a poor move for Hotz. If Sony is backing up at all, it's because they could have lost, and a loss with a case like this is the worst case for them. It would set precedent that modifying a console is acceptable. They have no problem taking people to court and paying the legal fees if they win, so clearly they did not anticipate a win and offered a settlement to get out.

    I'll give Hotz credit for not backing down as far as he did, I don't know the terms of the settlement and his own odds of winning, but I still think he and others bullied by media giants need to have the spine to take matters to court and fight for it. These guys only offer settlements when it's what's in their interest. Never give them what they want, or they will just keep doing it.
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    legacy-za , April 11, 2011 8:10 PM
    Instead of approaching him and thanking him for showing that their system can be duped, they take him to court. If it wasn't him, it would have been someone else. They should rather employ people like him, maybe then, they won't have anything to b*tch about in the future if someone else exploits their system again.
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    gorehound , April 11, 2011 8:11 PM
    not buying sony hardware.to many times have they showed the greed they are made of
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    LuckyDucky7 , April 11, 2011 8:30 PM
    That's dumb.

    It should be the other way around: Sony steps off, not the owner.
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    Anonymous , April 11, 2011 9:18 PM
    It's not about not being able to do what you want with your PS3, it is about not disclosing SONY's software IP on the internet when you are not allowed to. Geo posted sensitive info about PS3's encryption on the web without permission from IP holder(SONY).
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    hellwig , April 11, 2011 9:45 PM
    Gamer332It's not about not being able to do what you want with your PS3, it is about not disclosing SONY's software IP on the internet when you are not allowed to. Geo posted sensitive info about PS3's encryption on the web without permission from IP holder(SONY).

    That's only a violation of the DMCA, which is a piece of crap to begin with. In fact, the purpose of the DMCA was to prevent corporations from stealing the technology of other companies via means that up until then were completely legal and common place. Instead, the DMCA is mostly used to bully individuals who aren't really harming the major corporations in any meaningful way (for instance, even though George Hotz posted the encryption details, it's still illegal to sell a PS3 emulator or your own PS3 games using that encryption). Like most legislation passed in the last few decades, the DMCA is just about limiting the rights of citizens in favor of major, and in this case, foreign, corporations.
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    bison88 , April 11, 2011 10:30 PM
    Hopefully by Sony "Settled out of court" they meant they offered Geohot a much deserved job.
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    castle songbird , April 11, 2011 10:36 PM
    anonymous bluffed and sony folded
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    adamboy64 , April 12, 2011 12:36 AM
    bison88Hopefully by Sony "Settled out of court" they meant they offered Geohot a much deserved job.

    Yes, or an epic settlement of cash.
    A job would be the better scenario though.
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