Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Apr 2011 22:17 UTC
Legal Well, it seems like Sony vs. George Hotz has ended pretty much without a bang. Sony announced on its Playstation blog that the two parties have settled the case. Under the settlement, Hotz agrees to a permanent injunction fo his jailbreaking hack, but admits to no wrong-doing. A wise and, dare I say it, mature end to the lawsuit.
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WTF?
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 11th Apr 2011 22:22 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

"I have to say, kudos to Sony for handling this so gracefully."

I see nothing "graceful" about this entire lawsuit, or the events leading up to it, on Sony's part. Just one assholish move after another.

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RE: WTF?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Apr 2011 22:29 in reply to "WTF?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Handling the end of this lawsuit so gracefully.

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RE[2]: WTF?
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 12th Apr 2011 18:37 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
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2005-07-06

Handling the end of this lawsuit so gracefully.


I'm not sure I'd call it grace, but they've certainly done some deft balancing of the goals of:

- making the immediate problem go away as quickly as possible (namely, the injunction Hotz agreed to and, presumably, the end of the "Anonymous" backlash)
- capitulating as little as possible (looks like Sony doesn't even have to pay Hotz's court costs)
- and while saving as much face as possible (presenting the settlement as some sort of magnanimous gesture on Sony's part, instead of it simply being damage control)

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RE: WTF?
by Ford Prefect on Mon 11th Apr 2011 22:32 in reply to "WTF?"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Exactly. It could have gone far worse, however it seems more likely that Sony understood they have no stand in front of court. We all know the Free Speech Flag.

If they would have wanted to handle the case gracefully, why did they act the exact opposite since it started until today?

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RE[2]: WTF?
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 11th Apr 2011 22:46 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

If that's the case, they didn't willfully end it gracefully--they were forced to make the decision, because they finally realized they would lose anyway. They did what they probably felt they had to do, not what was best for anyone else. I would hardly call that graceful--especially when it's the company that brought on the suit themselves, and got one subpoena after another that in most cases, should be harder to obtain.

Edit: Either way, it looks like GeoHot finally decided to do what's right and abandon Sony products completely:

http://geohotgotsued.blogspot.com/

Edited 2011-04-11 22:48 UTC

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RE: WTF?
by orestes on Tue 12th Apr 2011 14:39 in reply to "WTF?"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Agreed. If anything this is the worst possible outcome the case could've had because it fails to set any sort of precedence at all. A de facto win for Sony and their tactics in the guise of a peace offering is still win for Sony.

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