We've been following the Geohot/Sony lawsuit for quite some time now. Last time we checked in with the story, Sony was awarded the rights to The Hotz' sensitive data on his hard drives. We thought that Sony would throw down on Geohot after finding a whole bunch of illegal things on his drives and after they found him buying and selling various hacking tools and kits.
We have the result after the break.
Well, not so much. Unfortunately, the company with no backbone, Sony, has reached a friendly settlement with Geohot. We haven't received full details on what's going on, but we know there is a permanent injunction set on The Hotz to not engage in any illegal activities regarding the PS3 or other Sony products ever again. That's it? After all the talk and threats and seriousness Sony played out, that's all we get? Unexciting.
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 responded with,
It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I'm happy to have the litigation behind me.
Something boring is brewing here. So, of course, hacker group Anonymous has decided to ramp things up a bit. While still engaged in Operation Empire State Rebellion, they have launched the new initiative Operation Sony, and have started to attack any and all related Sony websites. They also staged a public boycott at all Sony stores worldwide on April 16th. Sony was very quick to state, however, that Geohot has had nothing to do with those attacks. I am glad to see something eventful happen after months of this crazy nonsense that all started with Kevin Butler, though.