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Sony sue GeoHot & Gang over PS3 jailbreak

Sony is suing GeoHot and members of team fail0verflow for jailbreaking the Sony Playstation 3. Previously, the court has ruled that jailbreaking for the iPhone is legal and constitutes fair use, and this argument may or may not apply in the present case.
“When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses.”
Below is the facts of the case involving the suit that Sony filed against GeoHot earlier today:
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.
  • Sony is trying to be as controling as apple, its stupid, if i buy a car from toyota, they dont get to dictate what gas, or oil I put in it, the car and all it's contents belong to me. The same as a game console if i buy it, i should have the right to do what i want to with it, I mean Damn this is America

  • Absolutely agree with you Tommy!

  • Absolutely agree with you Tommy!

  • Sony is trying to be as controling as apple, its stupid, if i buy a car from toyota, they dont get to dictate what gas, or oil I put in it, the car and all it's contents belong to me. The same as a game console if i buy it, i should have the right to do what i want to with it, I mean Damn this is America