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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 syntap ( 242090 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @09:20AM (#35136554)

    I still have mine, sounds like we need someone to post code snippets on the back of a T-Shirt, with "only Sony wants Root" on the front, and the proceeds can go to legal defense.

  • by macpacheco ( 1764378 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @09:22AM (#35136576)

    The only Playstation I ever had got sold 3 years ago, and now I have absolutely no interesting in purchasing ANY whatsoever Sony product.
    Don't need to bother with my IP address, if I still had a sony product, I would throw it into the garbage right now.

  • Re:In breaking news (Score:4, Interesting)

    by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @10:09AM (#35137054)

    Sony is also demanding "A bajillion kajillion dollars, all the chocolate in the world, and a pony."

    Well, I don't have a pony to offer them, but I do have an ass. It's hairy, and Sony is cordially invited to kiss it.

    I don't understand Sony. Back in the 80's and 90's, when I needed some electronic thingie, I would just walk into the store and ask what Sony had to offer. I have a CD player from 1989 that refuses to do, despite years of abuse from a dumb-ass like me. My camcorder from 1998 is still the toast of the town, for all the features that it has. It also refuses to die, despite my drunken friends at parties, dropping it, spilling beer on it, etc.

    As a child/teenager, back in the 70's, I used to read my father's copy of . When they had stories about top executives, I used to think, "Wow! Those must be really intelligent guys, to be running a big company like that!" Now, I look at Sony, with their root-kit action, and now this, and I ask, "How did such dumb-asses get to be running such a large company? Don't they realize that they are pissing their customers off with stuff like this?"

    Well, let me join the chorus. The next time I buy some electronic thingie, instead of asking, "What does Sony have?", I will ask, "What can you recommend?" Sorry Sony, I just seem to not have much trust in you anymore.

  • Re:Just for viewing? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Custard Horse ( 1527495 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @10:10AM (#35137074)

    I never thought I'd like console gaming but after getting a (free) xbox360 I am pleasantly surprised with the gameplay. Black Ops is excellent and I know that the 360 is good for many years without constant upgrading.

    My AMD Socket A PC was great for Counterstrike Source but couldn't cope with Halflife 2 thus ending my PC gaming experience.

    Sure, I have enough money now to build a new PC that will cope with new games but the cost of the GFX card alone is more than the entire 360. If you are a serious gamer it is probably worth the investment but otherwise consoles capture both the serious and casual gamer markets not least due to ease of use.

  • by Montezumaa ( 1674080 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @10:25AM (#35137302)

    I have all the software and code to hack the PS3. I will also make it available to anyone that asks for it, by emailing me at Seeing as everyone that wants it can get it, Sony will have a hard fucking time suing me, or anyone else. There is also the fact that I am dirty-fucking-poor, and have no money to my name. Also, seeing how I cannot be put in jail for providing what is already publicly available, Sony can do nothing to me.

    I was going to try and comment on that YouTube video(, but alas, it is private. So, I will just comment here and say that, if that video is pertaining to hacking the PS3, then good job.

  • by BigSlowTarget ( 325940 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @11:01AM (#35137870) Journal

    They want the Striesand effect. If it becomes widely distributed and known that people who hack PS3's get sued into oblivion the lesson is clear: mess with Sony and you lose your house. This is especially true for the people who had the talent and interest to do it the first time and it's probably going to slow down future hacks. The population of skilled hardware/software/firmware/microcontroller hackers capable of jailbreaking PS3's out there is probably large, but not infinite and they're reducing the pool.

    Sony is planning for the PS4,5,6,...

  • by Tisha_AH ( 600987 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @11:04AM (#35137906) Journal

    I am amazed that Sony is persisting in being a BUNCH OF JACKASSES. When I purchased a PS3 several years ago most of the appeal was the "Other OS" feature. Sure, I have bought my share of games (>20) and enjoy those too. Selling something (Other OS) and then taking it away makes many of us just think that Sony management is full of Mother-Fuc&ers.

    Sony should be embracing the Other OS crowd and giving us more options to use the platform for high end computing.

    Hey assholes, you made the news as a forward thinking company when you gave us the Other OS feature. Now you are making the news for being just as backwards and ignorant as Micro$oft.

    What the result will be (for me) is that I will enjoy the games I have but will not spend another dime on PS3 games. Guess what, I am doing that just to spite you.

  • mirrors? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Tom ( 822 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @03:08PM (#35141300) Homepage Journal

    The last few times things like this happened, /. was one of the places where you'd find list of mirrors, and every 3rd comment was someone posting his mirror.

    Now, it's all complaining, whining, and crying.

    It may finally be time to let this site die.

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