Just posted to the official PlayStation Blog, is the announcement of a settlement in the Geohot v. Sony court case. The case revolved around George Hotz (Geohot) posting the PS3 master key to several websites including his personal page, twitter, and youtube. While the details a sparse right now, the settlement seems to be that Geo hot admits no wrong doing but agrees to stop the dissemination of the master key hack.
“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.”
“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.”
While I can’t blame Hotz for wanting to end this, I wish it had gone to a full trial. I think Hotz would have won, and it would have set a precedent reiterating our rights as consumers to do what ever we want with the goods we purchase. Sony can keep you off of PSN for altering the software on the PS3 since it’s a private network, but they should have no right to restrict your access to load your own software onto hardware that you have purchased.
You can see some of our previous coverage of this case here.
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