Geohot And Sony Settle (Finally)!

by on April 12, 2011

After months of drama between Geohot and Sony, the two parties have finally reached a middle ground! However, the whole deal seems a little sketchy, it’s unclear what Geohot and Sony have actually agreed to do. But from the “statement” on Sony’s blog, I think it’s safe to assume that Sony has agreed to drop the charges if Geohot stops hacking their devices; for good!

Here is Sony’s “official statement” (taken from their blog):

“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.”

Hopefully Geohot will be back to hacking iOS devices and can devote all of his “extra curricular hacking” activities towards Apple products and continue to produce the latest and greatest Jailbreaks! I’m sure Geohot and other PS3 hackers MIGHT look at this situation and think the glass is half empty – however, for iDevice hackers everywhere this could be and probably is a blessing in disguise!

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