Sony File Lawsuit Against Geohot and fail0verflow Team Over PS3 Jailbreak

Written By Sam on 12 January 2011

We knew this was coming. PlayStation 3 exploits and jailbreak tools were made public recently. That it enraged Sony Corp was obvious. Now, comes the consequence. Sony has sued Geohot (aka George Hotz) as well as the fail0verflow team for their dare. revealed 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.”

There it is. The guys have been charged with facilitating the counterfeiting of video games. Considering pressure from industry biggies against piracy, it will be interesting to see how the court responds to this. We may recall in July last year, the jailbreak community got a shot in the arm when the US govt ruled in favor of iPhone unlock and jailbreaks and in a sense made them legal, provided they weren’t used for piracy. Geohot seems to be in a tight spot this time.

via RedmondPie

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