PS3 jailbreak judge refuses to rescind GeoHot order
'That's the breaks'
The federal judge hearing Sony's copyright suit against PlayStation 3 jailbreakers declined to vacate a ruling that hacker George Hotz turn over his computer gear to the console maker, Wired.com reported.
An attorney for Hotz, aka, GeoHot, argued during a hearing in San Francisco on Thursday that the ruling, issued two weeks ago, should be reconsidered because it would allow Sony to observe all his client's files.
“That’s the breaks,” US District Judge Susan Illston said, according to Wired.com.
Illston, however, went on to slightly modify her order that Hotz “retrieve” the code from anybody he may have forwarded it to.
“It’s information,” she was quoted as saying. “It can’t be retrieved. It’s just not practical. What would they do, Xerox it and mail it back?” ®
Found a completely technically illiterate Judge! Did the judge suggest how the information can be retrieved? Should GeoHot go onto one of the miriad of boards and redownload what has been uploaded? Wouldn't that be technically "Retrieving"? Wouldnt that also be what Sony don't want?
Their hypocrisy seems awesome. For many many years they have sold kit that enables copyright theft (think twin-deck tapes and such) and they have profited from the sales of their own brand blank media but they argue that "allowing the possibility of copyright infringement" is enough to justify suing anyone who thinks of it. They are also lax in terms of legality when it comes to the whole root kit thing.
I have to say, if Sony are thinking this will protect revenue, then they have Epically Failed! I have no desire to ever own a Sony product again. Now downloading their films and music from "less thank kosher" websites, maybe i have a softer stance on that.
Anon due to the possibility that Sony are reading this!
And that's why you regularly back-up.
Because Sony will not rest until they have restored the PS3's virginity. D'Oh.
The lawyers do this to make money. Why Sony are doing it, spending pots of money on anti-advertising, is anyone's guess. There is no win scenario here. What part of that don't they understand?
Free advice for Sony, because I'm feeling generous.
1. Employ this guy. More like him and your next product may be on time.
2. You will piss money away on 3D TV. Just let it go.
3. Sack some lawyers. The world will be a better place and you will reduce your wage bill.
4. Pissing on the little guy is bad publicity. Invest in some good advice.
5. Lawyers do not give good advice. They are only thinking of their wage packets.
7. All of the above.
Don't own a PS3, and never will now
I don't own a PS3, or a PS2, I'll admit to owning an old PSOne but it was given as a used gift and honestly I never bothered to hook it up. Sony is going overboard here and it's completely turned me off from wanting to even use any of their products. The CD rootkit issue was bad enough a few years ago, but IMO they've gone too far now in trying to defend their security.