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Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors 306

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PhrostyMcByte writes "Stepping up Sony's lawsuit against PS3 jailbreak developer George Hotz, this Thursday a judge approved multiple subpoenas which seek logs of all viewers and commenters to his YouTube video, visitors to his blog and website, and all information associated with his Twitter account."
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Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

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  • by ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @10:03AM (#35388558)
    How did you miss all the other bullshit Sony has been pulling for the last decade and a half? Microsoft has a generally improving trajectory (from a low starting point no question), while Sony puts effort into finding new ways to lower the bar. I swore off them five or six years ago and haven't regretted it for an instant.
  • by arth1 (260657) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @10:04AM (#35388562) Homepage Journal

    At this point, I wish SCOTUS would crash and burn.
    They've lost all my respect, turning into corrupt politicos pushing their owners' agenda, and not unbiased protectors of the individuals that make up the nation and her constitution. If it wasn't for SCOTUS' bought and paid for decisions during the last 15 years, this would have gone nowhere.

    And I can't even vote them off the bench. Some democracy.

  • by Pecisk (688001) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @10:28AM (#35388672)

    Maybe they will ask Google for people who have searched for certain terms, code names, utt.? What's next, going after people who criticize this witch hunt from Sony?

    It is funny that some lawyer drones are capable to destroy everything company tried hard to build. It is time to require lawyers to have not only knowledge of law, but also understanding of common sense and intelligence. Otherwise modern society will slowly kill itself with such attitude.

  • Re:Sony strategy ? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by dotHectate (975458) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @10:29AM (#35388676) Journal
    Step 4 is really a mystery, because Step 3, "Banning customers" doesn't naturally lead to Step 5, "Profit!!!" in any way, shape, or form.
  • What the hell (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Antisyzygy (1495469) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @11:01AM (#35388826)
    I fail to see how this is justified whatsoever. Someone visiting his twitter account, youtube account or web page does not mean they had anything to do with anything in the scope of this case. Plenty of people checked him out after they read about him in the news or looked at his website for other reasons. He has a ton of stuff on his sight completely unrelated to PS3 Jailbreaking. This is the most blatantly freedom violating ruling I have heard of in recent history. This basically amounts to a blanket big-brother subpoena. This judge is an absolute moron and should be disbarred from all justice and legal practice for failing to understand one of the most simple amendments in the Constitution.
  • Re:Like Sony cares (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Belial6 (794905) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @11:49AM (#35389068)
    If Sony didn't care about hackers, geeks, or anyone who is actually informed about the Geohot issue, there wouldn't be a Geohot issue.
  • Re:Like Sony cares (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Penguinisto (415985) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @11:59AM (#35389142) Journal

    You know? I think it would be fun if all of /. hunted down said YouTube videos and left comments on them... each one describing exactly (and in clear layman terminology) why Sony is wrong, should go out of business, etc.

    I figure after the 10,000th one or so being read into public record, they might just get the hint.

  • by nurb432 (527695) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @12:16PM (#35389236) Homepage Journal

    Regardless of my disagreement that using your own hardware as you like is a crime this has dangerous connotations.

    What if i decide i want to do research on a subject like the history of illegal drug use ( more of a black and white case )? Does that mean i get the feds beating down my door just because i did a search or read something? How about researching effects of child abuse? Am i now considered a contributor and can expect a visit?

    What if i write a book about something that is declared illegal later... am i now considered a criminal and everyone that bought my book?

  • by Mashhaster (1396287) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @03:11PM (#35390576)

    I think it's high time for some civil disobedience.

    I propose we post the links to the contraband youtube videos, the blog this guy maintains, and his website, and slashdot them. Post them to 4chan, explain the situation, link back to this story, get Anonymous to hit them as well.

    Sony wants to subpoena "logs of all viewers and commenters to his YouTube video, visitors to his blog and website"?

    Well, good fucking luck with that, because there will be millions of 'em within a week, and the information will be endlessly redistributed and remirrored across the Internet, because information wants to be free, and the tech-savvy community (unlike the general public) still values our civil liberties enough to click on a few fucking links.

    The stupid thing is, by going after this guy they're just providing free publicity, as we've seen happen so many times before in such instances.

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