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Sony Lawsuit Update

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By LASIS Staff

Earlier this year, LASIS contributor Dawn Mikulastik reported on a lawsuit filed by Sony against New Jersey hacker George Hotz for releasing a jailbreak code that would allow users to “unlock” their PlayStation 3 consoles and run unauthorized software. In its complaint, Sony claimed that Mr. Hotz violated anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Until Judge Illston reaches a decision in the case, she has ordered Mr. Hotz to take down all information about the code from his website, and has given Sony permission to inspect and remove any files containing the code from his hard drive.

Apparently that wasn’t enough to satisfy Sony, which has decided to take matters into its own hands.

On February 16, an official statement was released threatening to terminate access to the PlayStation Network for anyone using a jailbroken console. In the statement, Sony stated that use of these hacked devices violates of the terms of the System Software License Agreement and the Community Code of Conduct, and that use of pirated software violates International Copyright Laws. Sony strongly urged consumers to stop using the jailbreak code and remove it from their PlayStations, along with any unauthorized or pirated software they may have.

It is hard to say what effect, if any, this warning will have on users of hacked devices, because it is unclear how Sony will be able to determine who is and who isn’t using the jailbreak code.  Check back with LASIS to see how this story unfolds…

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