Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Mar 2011 13:19 UTC
Legal And so Sony's crusade against Playstation 3 hacker George "Geohot" Hotz continues. After Sony getting all of Geohot's computers and access to server logs and personal details from many of his websites and social media accounts, Sony has now been given access to Geohot's PayPal account, and all information within it - including of the people he has had financial dealings with.
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Its a good sign.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 17th Mar 2011 14:31 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

Sony is looking for evidence that people tied to piracy paid him to before or after the hack was published, even though it is not required for DMCA.

Why is it a good thing? Because I think it shows Sony knows the other OS is a legitimate defence. Without additional evidence to show that he published the hack for the purpose of violating copyright, they are up a creek.

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RE: Its a good sign.
by WereCatf on Thu 17th Mar 2011 15:04 in reply to "Its a good sign. "
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Sony is actually looking for evidence that Geohot either got paid/donated by people from San Fransisco or by any SCEA employee which they could then try use to argue that they should instead be able to sue Geohot there.

How it all works, I don't really quite understand. Geohot himself says he didn't accept donations before the court case started and even if he did he likely would have gotten such all over the world, not only from San Fransisco denizens. Shouldn't Sony then have to prove that the majority of the donations came from San Fransisco in order to establish the connection?

Well, if Geohot is indeed honest and didn't receive payments or donations before the court case started then Sony has just shot themselves in the foot with this thing: they won't be anymore able to argue for change of jurisdiction and Geohot will have just gotten stronger footing for his case because he can prove his honesty.

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RE[2]: Its a good sign.
by UglyKidBill on Thu 17th Mar 2011 17:51 in reply to "RE: Its a good sign. "
UglyKidBill Member since:
2005-07-27

Man, the days when they needed to prove you guilty are long gone, all they need to do is twist the story enough to make the judge┬┤s arguments look sustainable to the public.

Entertainment providers are definitely on a rampage to terrorize people regarding console hacking, file sharing, and the like. And every puppet, I mean government, is in their pockets already.

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