Sony Corporation Sues GeoHot Over PlayStation 3 Jailbreak
Sony Corporation has recently filed lawsuits against GeoHot (aka George Hotz) and the failoverfl0w team for making the PlayStation 3 exploits and jailbreak tools public. 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.
We’ll have to wait and see what the court has to say about this. Similar to the iPhone jailbreak court ruling in July last year, a large corporation is suing hackers over publicly sharing hacks and exploits to their devices. The United States government ruled in favor of the iPhone jailbreaks and unlocks as legal, as long as they aren’t used for piracy reasons.