Sony and super hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz have settled their issues out of court, avoiding costly and risky litigation. Back in January, Hotz released the root key to the PS3, opening the door to subsequent homebrew projects and piracy. Sony since filed a lawsuit and went about making an example of Hotz.
As part of the settlement, Hotz agreed to a permanent injunction. Although details weren’t revealed via Sony’s official statement, this almost certainly means Hotz is forever banned in making any future modifications.
Also as expected, both parties made nice in public. SCEA general counsel Rile Russell stated, “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us. 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.”
Meanwhile, Hotz contends he never meant any harm. “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”
Even with the case officially settled, Sony likely has some more litigating and mitigating to do. The Hotz case incurred the ire of ‘Anonymous,’ the infamous “hacktivist” group, known for its raids against The Church of Scientology and Amazon, among others. Describing Sony’s legal action against Hotz as “wholly unforgivable,” the group has pledged to provide Sony its “undivided attention.”