PS3 Hacker Geohot Freed by Sony in Court

The acrid lawful assault between Sony and George ‘Geohot’ Hotz has finally arrived to an ending, with the two evidently approaching to an affirmation out of court.

Sony initially went after Hotz after the hacker issued data assisting persons hack the company’s PlayStation 3 device.

In a statement on the Sony blog, the two conveyed their joyfulness that the entire sordid activity has arrived to an end.

Joint Statement

Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) and George Hotz (“Hotz”) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.

Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. “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.”

“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.” Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s internet services and websites.

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 in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames. Hotz denies any wrongdoing on his part. Hotz’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was still pending before the federal court in San Francisco but a preliminary injunction was issued requiring Hotz to take down the postings challenged by SCEA.

“We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network,” added Russell. “We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

You earlier saw the famous Sony PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz (aka Geohot) appear live on TV in Attack of the Show as soon as Sony filed a lawsuit against him, and then he made an another appearance in The Alyona Show.

Lately we told you that Sony had asked Geohot to hand over his hard disk and asked YouTube and Twitter to hand over the personal data including IP addresses of the culprits of the renowned PlayStation 3 hack, which mainly involved George Hotz (aka Geohot) and the fail0verfl0w team. This has all been a part of the lawsuit that has been filed by Sony against the New Jersey hacker Geohot, who was the first to hack iPhone and iPad on Earth. The PS3 jailbreak by Geohot and failoverflow allows poeple to play pirated and hone-brewed games onPS3. Not to forget, Geohot made it clear, that his next target is Sony’s upcoming phone, the Xperia Play.

The news arrives as an alarming with both parties seemingly committed to pulling the activity to court over the past months. With Sony evidently asserting the defrayal as a success, it seems the PS3 jailbreak community may require finding a new hacker.

So while the legal battle appears to be over, it sounds like Hotz isn’t quite done talking. We’re betting Sony will either threaten him into keeping quiet or send some hush up money his way. But we’ll be keeping an eye on his blog in case he can’t be deterred.


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