Sued PS3 Hacker Says He'll Never Buy A Sony Product Again

After a court order was issued preventing rapper-turned-hacker George Hotz from ever hacking Sony products again, Hotz has begun a boycott on the electronics giant's wares.

As previously posted, Hotz agreed to, basically, never mess around with another Sony product ever again. He's barred from "unauthorised access to any Sony product under the law", and will be in deep trouble if he violates a Sony product's terms of service, "whether or not Hotz has accepted such agreement or terms of use".

If he's found to have breached those stipulations, he's liable to face a $US10,000 fine per violation, up to a maximum "cap" of $US250,000.

In the wake of this, Hotz is taking part in a Sony boycott. "I am joining the SONY boycott," Hotz blogged earlier this week. "I will never purchase another SONY product."

"I encourage you to do the same," he added. "And if you bought something SONY recently, return it."

If Hotz was buying Sony products to hack and tinker with, it doesn't make much sense for him to purchase them. But it's like he's rolling over, taking his toys and going home. Not everyone likes what Sony did to Hotz, sure, but then again, not everyone tries to hack Sony products. Some people like to play video games on them.

Even with the order issue settled, Hotz doesn't seem like he's ready to let it go. In one of his most recent posts, titled "A New Topic", Hotz continues to rail on Sony. He now says the focus of the blog will be the Other OS lawsuit. His next post details his appearance in the mainstream media. Go figure.

But why should anyone care what Hotz thinks about this Other OS case? He caved, gave in, agreed he wouldn't hack Sony products again. Sure, he didn't get sued for a gajillion dollars, but Sony "won". Hotz did not.

Writes Hotz, "Basically if Sony does bad things, you better not call them out, or they'll attempt to make your life hell."

geohot got sued [Official Site][Pic]


Comments

    So the guy settles then cries foul over it and promises to jump on other lawsuit bandwagons against Sony.

    Acheivment unlocked: Jack Thompson wannabee

    The other OS lawsuit? Oh, you mean the feature YOU forced them to remove when you found a security flaw using it?

    is it a boycott if he isn't legally allowed to touch the product ever again anyway?

      He's allowed to own them, he's just not allowed to hack them. Which probably removes most of the interest he would have had in them to begin with, so it's unlikely he'd have bought another Sony product anyway. Unless he was in the market for a new TV or something, I suppose.

    Sorry hotz but Sony have been great to me, and the PS3 is brilliant just the way it is. I have never had any complaints about them, except for all those mandatory updates I needed to have done in order to go online again... oh wait, people like you trying to exploit the PS3 forced that to happen! Never mind. I will continue to buy Sony products because I know what I bought, that's what I wanted in the beginning.

    I mite go out and buy a new ps3 or sony product, just to spite the little prick.

    So he's gone from "I'll never settle unless they restore OtherOS and make a public apology and maybe give me a job helping them improve their security" to "I promise I'll never ever hack another Sony product again" and then joins a boycott that Sony won't even notice.

    That's some nice work there, George. You really showed 'em.

    Well, at least he talked a good fight...

    Whiny baby.

    Easy from the cheap seats to say he 'Caved', but when its either that or get sued to the point of your life being ruined... he went with survival instead of martydom... Can any of you really claim to have been in that position? No? Then perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to judge his actions.

    He has still done more than most to fight against the ever growing restrictions companies are putting on us.

    Personally, I'm not personally phased by what OS my PS3 is running, but the point he was making (that of if you own it you should be able to do what you want with it) is solid and I 100% agree.

      People keep raising that point about "if you own it you should be able to do what you want with it", and it's a very good point, with which I agree completely.

      The problem is that you only own the physical hardware, you DON'T own the software (including firmware) - you only have a licence to use it. Hotz didn't actually do anyting at all with his hardware, what he did was crack open Sony's software, modify it and produce derivative works (custom firmwares) based on it. That falls well outside the principle of being able to do what he likes with what he owns, and turns into doing what he likes with what Sony owns.

        ^^^^
        This.

      Yeah of course, you CAN do whatever you want with it, but when you call out Sony, say that you did the exploit and are affecting the online play that people buy the consoles for, that's where stuff hits the fan. Anyone can mod the consoles, just don't affect anyone else's play. Just like the U.S. rights. You have freedom, but if you violate another's rights; you can get in trouble for it. See a similarity...? Also, the jailbreak allows you to get game iso's and play illegal downloaded games on it, they should've checked his console, he could've got prison for that. It's not a joke. It's not that hard to buy the console and just play.

    Good, one less idiot to worry about

    So let me get this straight:

    Sony brings out the PS3 and claims its a computer and boasts about it being used in the air force as a super computer.

    Consumers then use their PS3 like they would a computer and Sony gets mad.

    Hotz does some reverse engineering on the PS3 computer and makes public his findings. A practice perfectly legal and done by everyone because its legal.

    Sony sues Hotz for doing something legal, and in the process also tries to take away consumers rights?

    Settlement reached. Hotz isn't bankrupted into the stone age, but now is perceived as the devil. Sony avoided a humiliating defeat and everyone loves them.

    ...What the hell is wrong with you people?!

      not sure if troll

      Not to mention the violated privacy rights of everyone who visited his website.

      get the fact right,
      hackers start hacking with otherOS -> sony remove otherOS.
      consumers uses of compuer involve hacking?
      palmface

        What consumers do with there computers is there own business. If they want to install Linux instead of the Windows or whatever, they're free to do so.

        How would you like it if Dell sued you for installing a different OS on the computer you bought than the one pre-installed? You'd naturally be pissed. So why is it that when someday tries to do the same on the PS3 that people immediately grab their pitchforks and rallies behind Sony?

      For the love of God, WTFACE, did you completely miss this post that completely destroys your asinine argument? Here I'll repost it.

      "People keep raising that point about “if you own it you should be able to do what you want with it”, and it’s a very good point, with which I agree completely.

      The problem is that you only own the physical hardware, you DON’T own the software (including firmware) – you only have a licence to use it. Hotz didn’t actually do anyting at all with his hardware, what he did was crack open Sony’s software, modify it and produce derivative works (custom firmwares) based on it. That falls well outside the principle of being able to do what he likes with what he owns, and turns into doing what he likes with what Sony owns."

      Read it and weep.

        I didn't mention it because it's a crap argument.

        Do you realize what would happen if every everybody was forbidden from researching and reverse engineering other people's software? Not only would there be no competition, but the end product would be shit.

        Take AVG Antivirus & Internet Security software for example. You think there wasn't a shred of reverse engineering done to create that? That the developers didn't look at their compeitors' product to see what works?

          I didnt read your comment because it was a crap comment

          Troll. Learn the facts of the case.

    Yes... let's ALL boycott Sony!!! .. that's an amazing idea!

    The only people that will boycott Sony are those that don't :
    A) Buy it because they can't afford to.
    B) See how stupid this whole thing is, and still think that Hotz was legally correct.
    C) Don't own a Sony Product
    D) Don't want to admit that Sony are amazing at what they do
    E) See that Sony did what they did to set an example.. you think M$ and Nintendo, Apple or anyone else are 'Angels?' hahahahahaha...

    At the end of the day, all 5 people who care about Hotz, may very well boycott Sony, but I'll bet if you told Sony, or sent them an email, or even told a friend, They would all laugh at you.

    Now leave me to my Un-modded, you got what you paid for PS3.. and enjoy it for how it's intended.. Playing PS3 Games... ZOMG!EO!!O!OONE!!!11!11

    Hacking ruins games, face it if you don't like the way the game is designed take it out with the company not ruining it f

    For everyone else

    A lot of fanatics here rushing to Sony's defense.

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