Home » Uncategorized » GeoHot Forced To Surrender Contents Of His Computer To Sony

GeoHot Forced To Surrender Contents Of His Computer To Sony

Sony is making both Microsoft and Metallica look downright cool as their lawsuit against GeoHot continues to unfold.

The U.S. District Judge Susan Illston is forcing PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz to surrender his computer’s hard drive to Sony to sift through in order to retrieve information relating to the hacking of their product.

But they’re not stopping there. Sony says they’ll sue anyone who posts the code, has sent out an undisclosed number of DMCA “takedown” notices to websites demanding the code’s removal, and is asking the judge to force Google and Twitter to surrender IP addresses and information of everyone who’s viewed or commented on Hotz’ jailbreak video and the hackers who first unveiled a limited version of the hack on Twitter in December.

Hotz created the code to allow for home-brewed games on Sony’s Playstation console without allowing pirated games, and posted the code on his website last month as well as a how-to video on YouTube. Sony then launched a suit on Digital Millennium Copyright Act civil allegations, accusing him of trafficking in devices that circumvent controls meant to protect copyrighted works.

Orders to surrender the full contents of a defendant’s computer hard drive are common-place in cases relating to child pornography or when a journalist has kept the names of sources confidential in criminal situations. But this is sure to set a strong precedent for future hacker cases, despite the fact that GeoHot won the Apple suit after doing exactly the same thing to jailbreak the iPhone.

“The conduct Mr. Hotz has engaged in is still covered by the DMCA,” said Sony attorney James Gilliland, pointing out that game consoles and mobile phones fall under different laws.

This fact was underscored last month when Microsoft publicly invited GeoHot to jailbreak the new Windows Phone 7.

About Raggy Jin

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.

  • Blackopswar

    We need to have more power to the hackers, and these judges should leave them alone!

  • Halas

    HAHA this is hilarious. Has anyone played the Move yet, wonder if people will try and hack that like the Kinect.