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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RE: even if it's for piracy
by kop316 on Thu 17th Mar 2011 18:03 UTC in reply to "even if it's for piracy"
kop316
Member since:
2006-07-01

Unfortunately, in regards to the US legal system, it is not like buying a gun.

Since the DMCA says you cannot circumvent copyright protection schemes, Sony is making the claim that this is what he did. The intent behind it does not matter.

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RE[2]: even if it's for piracy
by phoenix on Thu 17th Mar 2011 18:57 in reply to "RE: even if it's for piracy"
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2005-07-11

The intent behind it does matter, especially in the case of the DMCA. There are explicity provisions in there for working around interoperability and fair use issues.

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RE[2]: even if it's for piracy
by cb88 on Thu 17th Mar 2011 21:19 in reply to "RE: even if it's for piracy"
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2009-04-23

I think it ceases to be a copy protection scheme when It ceases to do just that... what geohot cracked wasn't a mere copy protecton scheme I was a means of Sony retaining full control of devices that customers have purchased so that Sony could remove any feature or capability of the device they wanted. The threat of that along ought to be enough grounds for the hack.

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