Electronic Frontier Foundation Gets $10K From GeoHot’s Legal Fund

Electronic Frontier Foundation Gets $10K From GeoHot’s Legal Fund

You may remember that George Hotz, the hacker/rapstar who jailbroke the PS3 and then got sued by Sony, solicited donations for his legal defence. You may remember that Hotz and Sony recently settled. You may wonder what he’s doing with the leftover donations. Don’t worry, he didn’t forget where they came from.

Hotz today posted a screengrab of a receipt showing a $US10,000 payment to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet privacy and digital rights advocacy organisation which also supported Hotz during his suit.

Hotz says the $US10,000 represents “as promised, all left over legal defence money, plus a little to bump it to a nice number.” Writes Hotz:

This money goes to the EFF in hopes that America can one day again be a shining example of freedom, free of the DMCA and ACTA, and that private interest will never trump the ideas laid out in the constitution of privacy, ownership, and free speech.

$10,000 to the EFF [GeoHot Got Sued]


    • Far classier than Sony’s actions of trying to manipulate the US legal system by changing jurisdiction to obtain a victory.

      That’s what I don’t get, people go on and on about what he did regards to Sony’s software yet so few complained about Sony’s actions on gaining IP addresses and details which were in every single textbook definition; illegal and unconstitutional.

      Go Hotz! You won big time, dude. Sure you didn’t get what you wanted originally but Sony brought major international attention to the flaws you found rather than leaving that info in the hands of a small handful, spent millions on legal counsel that went nowhere, lost hundreds of thousands in potential sales, and spent several million on protecting the server that was not being DDOS’ed by Anon. If Charlie Sheen hadn’t taken the definition of “winning” already, then you would have!

  • Free speech doesn’t count allowing people to pirate other people’s work douchebag…

    But this will be the ONLY time I commend Hotz. Donating the remaining funds (and a little more) to EFF as promised was good for him on his behalf.

    • GeoHot didn’t release pirating tools. He even put some anti-piracy mechanisms in his firmware release.

      I really can’t comprehend people who are siding with Sony on this. What GeoHot did was give people the ability to use their own purchased hardware as they saw fit. Yes, there were others who manipulated his work for piracy and cheating, but that’s hardly his fault. What he was trying to do should be applauded.

      He Jailbreaks the iPhone, allowing people to use their hardware who they want (which, by the way, has also enabled piracy), and he gets praised. He does the same thing to the PS3, and people want to rip him a new one? Hypocrites.

    • Actually young Christopher if anything that would fall under ownership and privacy. Better luck next time!

  • Hotz claims that publishing the PS3/PSP master key on-line is free speech.

    If I publish his bank account details, including passwords on-line, is that also free speech?

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