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Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack 437

markass530 writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Sony is threatening to sue anybody posting or 'distributing' the first full-fledged jailbreak code for the 4-year-old PlayStation 3 gaming console. What's more, the company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to surrender the IP addresses and other identifying information (PDF) of those who have viewed or commented about the jailbreak video on a private YouTube page. The game maker is also demanding that Twitter provide the identities of a host of hackers who first unveiled a limited version of the hack in December."
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Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack

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  • by mnslinky ( 1105103 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @09:23AM (#35136582) Homepage

    Did something like this go down when the HD-DVD key was found? Didn't it just cause MORE publicity, or something that's now know as the Streisand Effect? Good luck with that Sony, really.

  • by maclizard ( 1029814 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @09:28AM (#35136624)
    For years I have been planning to get a PS3, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna give a penny to a company that is going to use the money to sue me and my peers... Guess I'll just have to buy used.
  • Cutting into Sales (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Fnord666 ( 889225 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @09:38AM (#35136698) Journal

    Sony claims the hacks will eat into game sales for the 41 million PS3 units sold.

    Dear Sony,
    You know what will really cut into sales? Being total douchebags towards your customers. That's what is really going to cut into sales.

  • by witherstaff ( 713820 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @10:00AM (#35136958) Homepage
    Those were fun shirts. "This is an illegal circumvention device" were a common sight around the office for awhile. A "Sony wants this shirt off my back" would be good too.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @10:04AM (#35136984)

    Sue American websites to take down material, sue the same sites to identify American 'infringers'. I guess Google will become Doe 25... for "aiding and abetting DMCA terrorists" or some similarly dramatic nonsense. They have plenty of links to...

    http://gitorious.org/ps3free/ps3keys http://gitorious.org/ps3free/ps3publictools

    But just try suing Gitorious in Norway or me wherever (even when I'm unemployed, I might try) I get bandwidth to host a mirror - if a NorCal court tells me to jump, I'll tell them to fuck off. If a NorCal court tells my DNS registrar to jump, they'll be told again to fuck off. If a NorCal court tells my non-US provider to cough up the goods, they'll be told the DMCA doesn't count here in the slightest.. then to fuck off.

    See the emerging pattern, Sony?

  • by TheSHAD0W ( 258774 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @10:31AM (#35137400) Homepage

    That's the key information for the console, not the program to actually jailbreak it.

    Anyone have a link for GeoHot's jailbreak.zip?

  • by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <gameboyrmh@gmai l . c om> on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @10:49AM (#35137684) Journal

    Make the shirt show some cleavage, then:

    On the front: "Sony wants to cover this up" or "Sony doesn't want you to see this"

    On the back: PS3 root keys, blu-ray keys, etc

  • Re:DEAR SONY (Score:4, Insightful)

    by HungryHobo ( 1314109 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @11:04AM (#35137914)

    And you see no problem with the fact that you would have to sue to get rid of those other terms?

    my post was essentially what most EULAs are.
    A wishlist of things that the company would love with no reference at all to whether it's even vaguely legal.

    And they all essentially say the same thing: "we can do anything at all we want, we have no obligation to you at all, you should be happy we allowed you to give us money ,you can't do anything though we may not enforce our right to stop you from doing stuff if we feel like it" and plastered all over it because they know very well that most of what they write isn't even vaguely legal: something along the lines of "if any part or parts of this agreement are invalidated or illegal all the rest still binds you but not us"

    I absolutely agree to abide by any contract I sign but the thing is that I've never in my life signed a contract for software.
    All I've ever done is click "OK" to company wishlists after I've already bought my property from them and our business is done.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @11:08AM (#35137950)

    Careful or Sony will say you "hacked" into their network! After all, accessing publicly available URLs is against the law, at least in some countries.

    I can't find the URL at the moment, but someone was sent to jail in Europe somewhere (Sweden?) because they linked to direct download links of some TV broadcaster. The broadcaster argued that the links were "hidden" and what that person did was "breaking into their website", even though all they did was look at the HTML that the website sent.

    There was another case where modifying a query in an URL was also considered "hacking". Basically changing &uid=1234 to &uid=2345 and accessing someone else data (because the website was retarded and didn't check user inputs)

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