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[3]: My take
by rhavyn on Tue 12th Apr 2011 15:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My take"
rhavyn
Member since:
2005-07-06

It is in fact a grey area now that the DMCA exception for mobile phones was made.


That isn't how the DMCA exception mechanism works. The Librarian of Congress issues a list of exceptions. That is *the* list. If it's not explicitly on the list then it is not covered by an exception. If the Librarian of Congress wanted more than just cell phones on the list, they would be on the list. There is no grey area there unless there is a question as to whether or not the device is a phone. I don't think that question exists for game consoles however.

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RE[4]: My take
by boldingd on Tue 12th Apr 2011 17:13 in reply to "RE[3]: My take"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

The DMCA would mainly cover Sony's operating system. IANAL, but you can still do whatever you want with your own hardware. If you found some way to completely remove Sony's original software and replace it wholesale with your own, that would be perfectly legal, as far as I know.

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RE[5]: My take
by Morgan on Wed 13th Apr 2011 07:07 in reply to "RE[4]: My take"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Unless you had to circumvent encryption to be able to do so. That is also forbidden by the DMCA.

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