It seems that Sony’s latest ridiculous legal action does not scares George Hotz one bit. The famous hacker who rose to the prominence with his iPhone and PS3 hack by the name Geohot has told BBC later today that:
I am a firm believer in digital rights.
I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony’s current action.
I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony’s action against me doesn’t have any basis.
Well, i think i agreed with Geohot. If you look closely to the Sony’s legal document, you’ll notice:
Under 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A), SCEA will also likely prevail on its claim that Defendants “knowingly caused the transmission of a program, information, code or command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally caused damage without authorization, to a protected computer.” Defendants knowingly transmitted SCEA’s proprietary information or code via the Internet, which has greatly damaged SCEA and threatens to cause immeasurable damage to the PS3 System. Bricker Decl. at ¶¶6-7, 21, Exhs. E-F, T.
I am not a lawyer myself, but it seems that Sony has confused the judge with gaming console and a “protected computer”. Yes, what Sony want to argue in court is that your own PS3 console is actually “owned” by Sony. Not yours.
UPDATE: We got our hand on Geohot’s legal response to Sony. Thanks euss for the tip!