how about instead of punishing him by slapping a lawsuit on him like they did hire the man instead. I mean he out-witted everyone at Sony by exposing this exploit so he obv knows his crap in regards to expsoing weaknesses in their system.
How do these kids develop the know how to go about hacking complicated pieces of hardware like the PS3. Did his parents only allow him to read computer science textbooks from birth? How do these people get around to doing these things? Its just like that kid from Iceland or wherever who at 17 years old was able to hack DVD protection.
Unless the settlement is only the injunction and there was no cash payment for Sony, this is a poor move for Hotz. If Sony is backing up at all, it's because they could have lost, and a loss with a case like this is the worst case for them. It would set precedent that modifying a console is acceptable. They have no problem taking people to court and paying the legal fees if they win, so clearly they did not anticipate a win and offered a settlement to get out.
I'll give Hotz credit for not backing down as far as he did, I don't know the terms of the settlement and his own odds of winning, but I still think he and others bullied by media giants need to have the spine to take matters to court and fight for it. These guys only offer settlements when it's what's in their interest. Never give them what they want, or they will just keep doing it.
Instead of approaching him and thanking him for showing that their system can be duped, they take him to court. If it wasn't him, it would have been someone else. They should rather employ people like him, maybe then, they won't have anything to b*tch about in the future if someone else exploits their system again.
It's not about not being able to do what you want with your PS3, it is about not disclosing SONY's software IP on the internet when you are not allowed to. Geo posted sensitive info about PS3's encryption on the web without permission from IP holder(SONY).
[citation][nom]Gamer332[/nom]It's not about not being able to do what you want with your PS3, it is about not disclosing SONY's software IP on the internet when you are not allowed to. Geo posted sensitive info about PS3's encryption on the web without permission from IP holder(SONY).[/citation]
That's only a violation of the DMCA, which is a piece of crap to begin with. In fact, the purpose of the DMCA was to prevent corporations from stealing the technology of other companies via means that up until then were completely legal and common place. Instead, the DMCA is mostly used to bully individuals who aren't really harming the major corporations in any meaningful way (for instance, even though George Hotz posted the encryption details, it's still illegal to sell a PS3 emulator or your own PS3 games using that encryption). Like most legislation passed in the last few decades, the DMCA is just about limiting the rights of citizens in favor of major, and in this case, foreign, corporations.