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Sony Gets Geohot's Hardware, But Not YouTube/Twitter User Info 254

RedEaredSlider writes "A Federal court in California has denied Sony's motion to pull the personal information of Twitter and YouTube users who might have downloaded code that allows PlayStation 3s to run with alternative operating systems. The company had filed a motion for discovery, asking for the personal information of users of Twitter and YouTube who might have a connection with George Hotz, who had published a piece of code on his Web site that allowed a PlayStation 3 to run other operating systems as well as pirated games. Sony was, in essence, asking for the contact information of people who had commented on the video Hotz posted showing how he used the code, as well as people he may have corresponded with via Twitter. The judge in the case, Susan Illston, denied the motion. Hotz is still under a restraining order that forbids him from offering any methods or software that allow people to modify their Sony PlayStation 3s. Nor is he allowed to provide links to sites that offer such methods or software. He is also ordered to turn over his computers to Sony."
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Sony Gets Geohot's Hardware, But Not YouTube/Twitter User Info

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  • by EkriirkE ( 1075937 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:08PM (#35178406) Homepage
    Is it 46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2 they want?

    erk: C0 CE FE 84 C2 27 F7 5B D0 7A 7E B8 46 50 9F 93 B2 38 E7 70 DA CB 9F F4 A3 88 F8 12 48 2B E2 1B
    riv: 47 EE 74 54 E4 77 4C C9 B8 96 0C 7B 59 F4 C1 4D
    pub: C2 D4 AA F3 19 35 50 19 AF 99 D4 4E 2B 58 CA 29 25 2C 89 12 3D 11 D6 21 8F 40 B1 38 CA B2 9B 71 01 F3 AE B7 2A 97 50 19
    R: 80 6E 07 8F A1 52 97 90 CE 1A AE 02 BA DD 6F AA A6 AF 74 17
    n: E1 3A 7E BC 3A CC EB 1C B5 6C C8 60 FC AB DB 6A 04 8C 55 E1
    K: BA 90 55 91 68 61 B9 77 ED CB ED 92 00 50 92 F6 6C 7A 3D 8D
    Da: C5 B2 BF A1 A4 13 DD 16 F2 6D 31 C0 F2 ED 47 20 DC FB 06 70


    Perhaps this software? []
    With this? []

  • Re:Fuck Sony (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:09PM (#35178422)

    I will NEVER buy anything with the Sony brand name. No matter how cheap.

  • Re:Fuck Sony (Score:4, Informative)

    by MistrBlank ( 1183469 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:10PM (#35178464)


    Sony just guaranteed I won't buy anything from them EVER AGAIN.

  • by Ensign Morph ( 1824130 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:12PM (#35178498)

    Well, sort of. 95% of the break was done by fail0verflow, who I think it's safe to say don't hold Hotz or his motives in particularly high regard. [] They quite deliberately stopped at the point where they could run homebrew unrestricted, since going further had no use other than piracy. Predictably, Hotz did that extra part and released it as a pirate-friendly "".

    Whilst the DMCA is total bullshit, it's hard to feel too much sympathy for him. He did something that had no purpose other than enabling piracy / cheating, he surely knew that was a DMCA violation, and he attached his name to it loud and proud. His defence will probably try to argue that the jailbreaking exemption applied to cellphones should be extended to consoles, but it seems far more likely he did this for purely egotistical reasons than as high-minded civil disobedience.

  • by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:26PM (#35178746)
    If Geohot is reading this, startup a donation website. I'm sure the world at large would be more than happy to send you replacement parts enough to build your own Beowulf cluster if you really wanted to.
  • Re:Just Sony? (Score:5, Informative)

    by andydread ( 758754 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:28PM (#35178788)
    IT IS SONY'S FUCKING FAULT. They are the ones that LOBBIED and PAYED politcians Like Joe Biden and Orin Hatch for the fucking DMCA and basically WROTE THE FUCKING LAW along with MPAA/RIAA. SONY CAN GO FUCK ITSELF. Not purchasing anymore Sony products ever ever ever again and will actively warn EVERYONE I KNOW not to buy ANY Sony products.
  • Re:Just Sony? (Score:3, Informative)

    by schnikies79 ( 788746 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:36PM (#35178938)

    No defending Sony, but I'm putting this out there.

    The person who takes the bribe (or campaign contributions) is much more morally bankrupt than the person offering. Joe and Orin could have said no.

  • Re:Fuck Sony (Score:4, Informative)

    by zeroshade ( 1801584 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @03:43PM (#35179042)
    Actually, there is something wrong with a company seeking such an injunction against someone harming their business specifically when they are unable to prove they are harming the business in any way.

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