Sony settles with GeoHot over PS3 mod

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Sony has announced that it has settled its very controversial lawsuit against GeoHot, or George Hotz, which was launched after Hotz published the secret key that would enable owners of the PlayStation 3 to “jailbreak” their consoles and circumvent protections.

The settlement sees Sony dropping its lawsuit against Hotz in return for the New Jersey-based hacker to permanently cease any attempt to continue jailbreaking the console. This will now prevent Hotz to reverse engineer or disassemble any part of the PlayStation 3 or even design or distribute unauthorised software or hardware.

“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,” Sony’s General Counsel Riley Russell, said in a joint statement.

Hotz, however, has told the Register that he will not be able to comment on the matter “without breaching my settlement agreement.”

“Therefore, I have no comment other than this one. With that said, I do not like censorship, and I do not like censoring myself. Rest assured I am still fighting the good fight, in the best way I know how,” he says.

In another blog post on the “GeoHot got Sued” blog, while not mentioning the settlement, he has announced that he will boycott any Sony products, encouraging his readers to do the same.

The judge presiding over the case, Judge Susan Illston, must still approve the settlement before the case ends.

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