Geohot, Sony Saga: Sony Finally Comes Out On Top
Today, finally the lawsuit filed by Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) against George Hotz has been been resolved successfully, thanks to an agreement between the two on March 31, 2011. Hortz has agreed to a permanent injunction that forbids him to distribute his PS3 jailbreak hack ever again.
“Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “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.”
While George Hotz was quoted as saying in the Playstation Blog, “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier, I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”
In the action, SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the Playstation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system and allow the playing of pirated videogames.
SCEA further cleared that George Hortz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s websites and Internet services that were made against Sony in retaliation to the lawsuit filed against Hotz. It is unclear whether the attacks which included a worldwide public boycott of Sony Retail Stores on April 16th would continue after this successful settlement.