In gaming circles, George 'Geohot' Hotz is a bit of a celebrity, being one of the first to hack, and then release an exploit, for the PS3. Sony responded, as you'd expect, by suing the little scamp. In the process Geohot has already racked up $10,000 in legal expense, and that figure looks set to continue rising. Now, he's asking for the gaming community's help to pay for his spiralling legal fees.
On the front page of his website he's just posted the following...
Media, I need your help. This is the first time I have ever asked. Please, if you support this cause, help me out and spread the word.
I want, by the time this goes to trial, to have Sony facing some of the hardest hitting lawyers in the business. Together, we can help fix the system
And then later:
I am an advocate against mass piracy, do not distribute anyone's copyrighted work but my own, do not take crap lying down, and am even pro DRM in a sense. For example, I believe Apple has every right to lock down their iPhone in the factory as much as they want, but once it's paid for and mine, I have the right to unlock it, smash it, jailbreak it, look at it, and hack on it. Fortunately, the courts agree with me on this point.
My PS3 goal has been to provide users a legitimate path to homebrew, which by the standards of all previous cases (or, in reverse), is 100% legal. Sony does not even try to allege piracy or copyright infringement in this case, they allege I did things like play "super mario world, an unauthorized game" on MY PS3. And access MY PS3 in an unauthorized way. Who are they to authorize what I do with my taxed and paid for property?
fail0verflow's goal was even nobler than mine. They wanted to give you back a feature Sony illegally stole, Linux on your PS3. It's shameful on Sony's part that they are being sued at all. If you have a problem with pirates, sue them, don't sue people who point out your shortcomings.
It's an interesting debate, and we recommend heading over to his site to see his side of the story. This case and its outcome may change the way gamers are allowed to tinker with the consoles they own - what are your views on the situation?