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Friday, 28 January 2011 11:09

Sony gets temporary restraining order against hacker

Written by Nick Farell
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Hotz loses his computers
US District Judge Susan Illston of San Francisco granted Sony a temporary restraining order against PS3 hacker George Hotz.

Illston was not happy about the order because he was worried about  California courts having jurisdiction in the case. Under the order Hotz can no longer make any information about the PlayStation hacks available on his website, and he must turn over his computer equipment to Sony within 10 days.

Judge Illston decided that  California had to try the case due to the concept of "purposeful direction." This means that the defendant "committed an intentional act, expressly aimed at the California and caused harm that the defendant knows is likely to be suffered in California." While it is annoying that Hotz, will have to give up his computer for sniffing from Sony, it is unlikely to stop his code being distributed.

Sony wants  monetary damages due to the hack's bad effects on software sales. It is not clear how far that will go. It appears that Hotz's legal team will use the fact that he did not wish any harm to the people of California as one line in an appeal. We guess that they will find others.


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-2 #1 crackerz 2011-01-28 18:03
So to get this right, he hacked a ps3 and they spanked him..thats ok, sort of. But why on hell they want to take his computer?!? Hide your tracks George ..hide them and spread the hacks around ;}

P.S. If Sony were smart it would offer a job to George and tell him that he needs to quit the ps3 hacks in order to work with them. Now sony looks like a damn bastard company ..even if she's, she doesn't have to look like that(bad reputation). Good thing that I never buy Sony products(and of course I'm staying away from Apple, just overpriced chunk)
 
 
-1 #2 123s 2011-01-28 21:35
Hard not to buy Sony products with something as awesome as PSP2, looks like somebody else gotta hack it though :S
 
 
+7 #3 TechHog 2011-01-29 01:55
Quoting 123s:
Hard not to buy Sony products with something as awesome as PSP2, looks like somebody else gotta hack it though :S

We'll see if you still think it's awesome after seeing the price tag.
 
 
+12 #4 hoohoo 2011-01-29 02:15
You are granted a license to use the product you just purchased.

You are granted a license to drive the car you just paid multiples of $10K for.

You are granted a license to vote for the licensed parties.

You are granted a license to live in the house you have just purchased.

You are granted a license to express your speech on the Internet.

Your license may be revoked at will by the licensing authority.

The licensing authority may change the terms of your license without notice and at any time.
 
 
+5 #5 Squall_Leonhart 2011-01-29 06:25
Quoting hoohoo:
You are granted a license to use the product you just purchased.

You are granted a license to drive the car you just paid multiples of $10K for.

You are granted a license to vote for the licensed parties.

You are granted a license to live in the house you have just purchased.

You are granted a license to express your speech on the Internet.

Your license may be revoked at will by the licensing authority.

The licensing authority may change the terms of your license without notice and at any time.


EULA's are only legally binding in america.
 
 
+1 #6 dcon 2011-01-30 02:57
it's not the fault of Holtz.......It's Sony engineer to learn how they can provide security for there product.......A teenage can do that code ...it means how much more the older one.........
 
 
-3 #7 123s 2011-01-30 12:06
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting 123s:
Hard not to buy Sony products with something as awesome as PSP2, looks like somebody else gotta hack it though :S

We'll see if you still think it's awesome after seeing the price tag.
As long it can play PS1/PSP/PS2 and even PS3 games., i am fine with 500 and it wont be so much i think...
 
 
0 #8 hoohoo 2011-02-04 02:14
Quoting Squall_Leonhart :
Quoting hoohoo:
You are granted a license (...)


EULA's are only legally binding in america.


Maybe not - consult USA/CA/Mexico NAFTA, USA/CA FTA, several other international trade treaties that extend corporate rights at the expense of customers and citizens. It just has not come before the highest courts in most countries.

There is that notorious case in a South American country where it's supreme court ruled, under the terms of a trade treaty that the country had entered into, that people could not collect rain water in barrels for their own use - because that prejudiced the ability of the foreign owned water utility to sell those people water.

No shit, this happened.
 

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