Settlement in George Hotz Case

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Joint Statement

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.”

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  • Sony should be hiring guys like this to identify these problems in the first place and that in turn would hopefully make a more secure system before it is ever released. I personally don’t mind about some of the features being taken away as long as we have a secure system on which to play our games.

    So hopefully we will get this hacking down to a minimum and get back to what we enjoy best.


  • The people that think Sony was correct in this lawsuit are the morons who have no idea what actually was being argued. They claim to be supporting the users of their consoles, and I for one would rather sony not try and “protect” me. After the retchid abortion of the upcoming “SOCOM 4” being released, there is very little hope left for this entire system. I can’t wait for the next Microsoft console to be released so I can trade up from the garbage that SCEA and these moronic companies are releasing. It’s pure crap

  • i dont get it i think we should be able to do what we want with our consoles ya there should be consequences but i paid for this its mine to do with what i want if i want to find a way to run another os or anything i should be allowed. hell i paid around 600 for this damn thing i should be able to open it up mod what i want and install anything i pleas. im not saying mod to play pirated things or anything illegal just use it for my own stuff just like my pc. ps3 is a massive power house and is capable of doing so much. i should not have to worry about going to court cause i modded MY HARDWARE!! i say make consequences ban me from online and stuff like that microsoft has it right. let me do what i want with what i paid good money for.

  • I’d just like to remind all the preverbal “haters” of Hotz. You do realise by doing what he did he not only helped you, he helped sony massively! By using his jailbreak it fixed the hole in sonys bad coding by SHOWING THEM THEIR FAULTS! What he did was true and honest, it’s then the low-life hackers who took that upon themselves to make hacks and cheats for online! And as for the piracy, well that’s just bad luck on sonys behalf! When building a million dollar researched console… Why not go the. Extra mile and put an encoded Blueray reader in the damn thing. The idiots here are fony and you the consumer who accepts this crap.

  • I wouldn’t be counting our Collective chickens to fast, there is still one other lawsuit that needs to come to an end. it is the other OS lawsuit and with the winning of this lawsuit, I am lead to believe that the PS3 is then a leased device and if so then it needs to be held as such.

    I find it curious though that SCEA dropped there charges against the other hackers involved.
    So a permanent injunction? Why did SCEA drop the others? This will Be interesting to see what happens with failOverflow as they no longer are being chased down by SCEA.

  • I personally still love my PS3, but i do not want it to be controlled by a company like this. Since this comment is probably going to be deleted, i ask that you support me in fighting for the System that you have purchases


  • part 1: Sony can’t force control us but there can force control there systems or anything there make. If there are planing to control things that way then there need to make the Warranty and Service on the systems lifetime then. If not there then others will came doing what there do. Why Warranty and Service? u get only 90 takes to take it back or no returns to me its means i can do anything to it sense i don’t have Warranty and Service no more on it then. just the Warranty is useless, if Sony don’t wont anyone being enable to do any hacks or whatever then make Warranty and Service lifetime. Then add some new rules to the Warranty and Service like u get one free repair & ect and to return it. With something like this no mods, hacks, or anything to are system is against are TERMS OF SERVICE AND USER AGREEMENT you will be track then fine & ban from buying any Sony items or downloading from Sony makers.

  • part 2: And take the system that got hack or mod or ect bad to it. I am not picking sides on who is right or wrong but i been Sony fan sense my birth and i love Sony PS1, ‘PS2, PS3, PSP, and more other things there made. There give us free PSN account unlike xboxlive were u have to pay for membership, we have PS+ membership to pay if we want it or not so psn is better then xboxlive. Sony can be big baby but there are trying to make all there work don’t go to waste by letting hackers and ect miss with there systems. If i made system i would do the same thing like sony but without sueing someone & thats all i got to say. If u feel like me then hit me up sometimes on the PSN, am on sometimes. Anyway hope to work or have sony put my own video games up on there psn for sale i am working on right now. Peace out to all :)

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