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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RE: My take
by on Tue 12th Apr 2011 06:26 UTC in reply to "My take"
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did you notice that sony withdrew the charges against fail0verflow team as well?

that's a suspicious coincidence. maybe it was a part of the settlement.

i think that's the best that could be done at this time. it's just a matter of geohot's bloated ego, when he self-proclaimed himself a personification of consumer rights, more of less - he basically raised the bar too high for himself.

so, in the end geohot cannot hack around with ps3 anymore, fail0verflow case is dropped and there are no further restrictions against console hacking, or any negative precedent. i think it's not that bad after all.

i wonder what about graf_chokolo, and his case.

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RE[2]: My take
by WereCatf on Tue 12th Apr 2011 06:58 in reply to "RE: My take"
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i wonder what about graf_chokolo, and his case.

I cannot verify this but I heard Graf's case was solely based on the outcome of Hotz case, and since it never actually went through Sony has to re-sue Graf now.

Unfortunately I have absolutely no knowledge of German laws, especially their IP and DMCA-like laws, and Graf himself is totally unlike Hotz in that he is never seen in public except when he drops yet another bomb of PS3 goodies.

If what I heard is true Graf should be receiving his hardware back soonish, and he'll no doubt just continue doing what he's been doing all this time anyways. I don't know if Sony can sue him again in such a short timeframe, someone living in Germany should know better about such laws, but if I have to guess anything I'd say they cannot sue him again for a while under the same arguments he was sued before.

All in all, I just hope he's doing fine, he's earned quite some respect in the scene.

Edited 2011-04-12 06:58 UTC

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