Sony and George Hotz reach a settlement [Update]

Sony and George Hotz have just announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Japanese company in the US federal court in San Francisco. The official Playstation Blog is reporting that, although the parties came to an initial agreement on March 31 of this year, the final agreement results, in part, in Hotz consenting to a "permanent injunction."

Neowin has been following this story since it broke last February. The hacktivist group Anonymous has been actively 'campaigning' in retaliation. Anonymous issued a statement which said "Your recent legal action against our follow hackers, Geohot and Graf_Chokolo, has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable."

According to the Official Blog, both parties were satisfied that litigation had now been resolved, "Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us", Riley Russel, General Counsel for Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) said. "our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal."

Hotz also issued a statement and said how it was never his "intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier" and how he is now "happy to have the litigation behind" him. Sony took action against Hotz because he posted information about the security systems on the Playstation 3 and Sony claimed this could be used to bypass the protections and run pirated video games.

Russell added "We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games."

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Update: Full details of the settlement can be found here.

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"our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers."
Don't you mean to say "stifle innovation and keep your consumers in thumbscrews" Sony

Athlonite said,
"our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers."
Don't you mean to say "stifle innovation and keep your consumers in thumbscrews" Sony
I think they want to stop cheaters too.

lflashl said,
what about the donations everyone made! refund?

Another trip besides South American this time or he could save it up when he gets in trouble again since 10k per violation is somewhat hefty

este said,
This is useless if theres no settlement details.. lame

I linked to them a few posts above. Hopefully staff can add them to this news article.

Audioboxer said,

I linked to them a few posts above. Hopefully staff can add them to this news article.

That's not the settlement details, that's just the judge order, the details will likely never be released.

Jose_49 said,
I believe Apple is screwed. Now Geohotz have all of his time to focus on Jailbreaking apple devices

iPad 2 JB

Pulgafree said,
What about the money raised for the "legal fees"?

I would guess they were used to pay any legal fees? What else...

Byron_Hinson said,

Yep clearly their win in the end, no doubt he'll claim it was a win for him anyway judging from previous posts!

He's already claiming that he is now boycotting all Sonys products..... suuure, not like the settlement probably stated that he can never own another Sony product anyway lol.

Win for Sony, loss for the hackers as they can't really progress any more without this kid.

And a BIG LOL to all those suckers who gave him money. Time for a second vacation in Brazil I guess

shakey said,

Win for Sony, loss for the hackers as they can't really progress any more without this kid.

I'm sure the information he gleaned was already in the public domain. Just because he has agreed to not personally continue doesn't mean others won't.

Audioboxer said,
Full details of the settlement can be read here - http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...iew__findpost__p__593877694

Quite clearly a win for Sony, but keep the warped replies of Geohot somehow winning this case coming for my evening entertainment.

Only Sony Fanboys actually think sony won, He basically embarrassed Sony on a security level and a public PR level and got off scott free, Oh now he can't hack sony products anymore big woop,

swanlee said,

Only Sony Fanboys actually think sony won, He basically embarrassed Sony on a security level and a public PR level and got off scott free, Oh now he can't hack sony products anymore big woop,

Your definition of scott free is rather flawed. Scott free entails he can carry on doing what he was doing, in other words, he done nothing wrong.

Court ruled against that, he can't carry on his work, nor can he distribute the work he done before the case.

Seems like Sony won, they went to court to stop him hacking the PS3, and succeeded. You must need milk bottle tinted glasses to somehow think otherwise.

swanlee said,

Only Sony Fanboys actually think sony won, He basically embarrassed Sony on a security level and a public PR level and got off scott free, Oh now he can't hack sony products anymore big woop,

Don't think Sony are aiming for the approval of those that think in your fashion.... nor would they ever care to try. Sony has a billion $$$ company to run, and they have been doing fine for longer than most people here have been alive.

Good job GEOHOT.

Not only did he win, sony made the stupid mistake of taking him to court instead of hiring him, putting him in a tight contract and having him show them what he did to bypass it and how they should secure it.

But sony's apparently not smart, as this case proves. Good job geo.

Sikh said,
Good job GEOHOT.

Not only did he win, sony made the stupid mistake of taking him to court instead of hiring him, putting him in a tight contract and having him show them what he did to bypass it and how they should secure it.

But sony's apparently not smart, as this case proves. Good job geo.

As per usual you have no idea what your talking about.

He didn't win, and Sony didn't either though they probably got what they wanted out of this.
If Geohot or his lawyers thought he could have outright won they wouldn't have settled in the first place.

Sikh said,
Good job GEOHOT.

Not only did he win, sony made the stupid mistake of taking him to court instead of hiring him, putting him in a tight contract and having him show them what he did to bypass it and how they should secure it.

But sony's apparently not smart, as this case proves. Good job geo.

Its the same attitude of Sony that cost them the success of the PS3 vs Microsoft's strategy.

Joker. said,

Its the same attitude of Sony that cost them the success of the PS3 vs Microsoft's strategy.

Actually, Sony has now caught up with MS and this year is already looking to be on Sony's side for having the best exclusives and biggest named titles coming out for their system.

shakey said,

Actually, Sony has now caught up with MS and this year is already looking to be on Sony's side for having the best exclusives and biggest named titles coming out for their system.

Can you cite any source for any of this? I don't know a single person who plays on the PS3 anymore. They only use it as a bluray player. My information is anecdotal, however. So if you have any evidence of a shift in the market, I'd love to see it.

excalpius said,

Can you cite any source for any of this? I don't know a single person who plays on the PS3 anymore. They only use it as a bluray player. My information is anecdotal, however. So if you have any evidence of a shift in the market, I'd love to see it.

It's already been posted in the gamers section. Go look it up.

excalpius said,

Can you cite any source for any of this? I don't know a single person who plays on the PS3 anymore. They only use it as a bluray player. My information is anecdotal, however. So if you have any evidence of a shift in the market, I'd love to see it.

Here at me I rarely see someone play an XBox 360. Europeans like PS3 a lot.

SH3K0 said,
Instead of spending all of that money, Sony should have hired him to resolve the security holes.

So when are you going to the local lock up to get your "consultant" for securing your house?

schubb2003 said,

So when are you going to the local lock up to get your "consultant" for securing your house?


Remember Tyler Durden and his job before he could have "Fight Club" on weekdays?

schubb2003 said,

So when are you going to the local lock up to get your "consultant" for securing your house?


It's not a foreign concept. Companies and organizations like the US Govt do this all the time.

SH3K0 said,
Instead of spending all of that money, Sony should have hired him to resolve the security holes.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

But yes, I agree, just hire the guy.

schubb2003 said,

So when are you going to the local lock up to get your "consultant" for securing your house?

If you ever remember that movie "Catch me if you can", the FBI hired him instead of sending him to jail for all that hot checks and forging checks. That movie was based on a true story.

PotatoJ said,

It's not a foreign concept. Companies and organizations like the US Govt do this all the time.

Been watching to much TV lately. . .

ZekeComa said,

If you ever remember that movie "Catch me if you can", the FBI hired him instead of sending him to jail for all that hot checks and forging checks. That movie was based on a true story.


One instance. . .got anymore.

ZekeComa said,

If you ever remember that movie "Catch me if you can", the FBI hired him instead of sending him to jail for all that hot checks and forging checks. That movie was based on a true story.

Thank you for the movie recommendation. I watched it last night. It was a little long, but it was a really good movie.

In this case, wouldn't Hotz be a great person who hire and help lock down the ps3 to other hackers?

Tom W said,
Sony must have been worried by the Anon attacks

I doubt it.
In reality Sony has won (for now). If they can come to an agreement with the hacker their software is safe, where as with apple it's a continual cat and mouse senario

Tom W said,
Sony must have been worried by the Anon attacks

That would make sense if this hadn't already been agreed to on the 31st of March, a few days before Anon started doing or saying anything about it.

Corris said,

That would make sense if this hadn't already been agreed to on the 31st of March, a few days before Anon started doing or saying anything about it.

Yeah seems like they were working on the deal before the Anon attack, one that seemed to target gamers themselves. Well done lads!

Byron_Hinson said,

Yeah seems like they were working on the deal before the Anon attack, one that seemed to target gamers themselves. Well done lads!

Meh. I was looking forward to an army of Agent Pubits.

Jose_49 said,

Not so true. Now with XGD3, MS is back on the road...

It's only a matter of time before TX and C4E crack that as well.

Xerax said,
And the settlement was?
Details are rarely released. Usually settlements involve gag orders which prevent the details from leaking. My guess is that they offered to drop all charges for him to stop. If the charges were hefty, I could see him accepting (since he did accept the injunction). They may have offered him a job in making the system more secure. Or maybe... maybe... it looks better in the shareholder's eyes to get this to end quietly, rather than a long, drawn out legal battle which might go in his favor. Who knows.

cybertimber2008 said,
Details are rarely released. Usually settlements involve gag orders which prevent the details from leaking. My guess is that they offered to drop all charges for him to stop. If the charges were hefty, I could see him accepting (since he did accept the injunction). They may have offered him a job in making the system more secure. Or maybe... maybe... it looks better in the shareholder's eyes to get this to end quietly, rather than a long, drawn out legal battle which might go in his favor. Who knows.
Yeah, i know. Just wish i could know

Xerax said,
And the settlement was?

"a permanent injunction preventing him from distributing his PS3 jailbreak hack ever again" according to Engadget

Ironman273 said,

"a permanent injunction preventing him from distributing his PS3 jailbreak hack ever again" according to Engadget
oh, LOL. ah well. It's not like the word doesn't have it already.

Ironman273 said,

"a permanent injunction preventing him from distributing his PS3 jailbreak hack ever again" according to Engadget

Then I'd say he either got off easy and is lucky, or Sony never really had a case against him to begin with. I'm thinking the later. If Sony could have made an example of him, they would of. It seems like they probably estimated that they would have lost the case and that would have had a very negative effect on the position they are pushing.

Shadrack said,
If Sony could have made an example of him, they would of. It seems like they probably estimated that they would have lost the case and that would have had a very negative effect on the position they are pushing.
Confuzzlement.