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Judgement Day: Sony Sues Geohot And FailOverflow Over PS3 Root Key Publication, Geohot Pulls Pages

by Ernice Gilbert on January 12th, 2011, under Hot, News, Sony

Sooner or later Sony had to do something, especially after the PS3 was seen running a pirated copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. And now, the company’s responded with fighting determination, filing suit against the man who first published the console’s root key, George Hots (Geohot), Hector Martin Cantero & Sven Peter (fail0verflow), and 100 “does”, or unnamed defendants.

According to Sony, the defendants have “circumvented effective technological protection measures … employed by SCEA to protect against unauthorized access to and/or copying of … PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems … and other copyrighted works”.

Also, the giant accuses the throng of having “trafficked in circumvention technology, products, services, methods, codes, software tools, devices, component or part thereof, including but not limited to the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm Keys, encryption and/or decryption keys, dePKG firmware decrypter program, Signing Tools, 3.55 Firmware Jailbreak, and/or any other technologies that enable unauthorized access to and/or copying of PS3 Systems and other copyrighted works.”

What this does, according to Sony, is violate the the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; the Copyright Act; California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act; and also results in breach of contract, tortious interference with contractual relations, trespass and common law misappropriation.

Sony’s now calling for a temporary restraining order against Geohot and the others.

More over at Engadget.


  1. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 2:23 pm

    yes lock that ******* up for EVER

  2. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Indeed. Send those bad kids to face the law….

  3. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 5:03 pm

    for once the internet gamers n console owners should unite and reduce this vice tht is spreading so fast…. developers now take less time making good games coz of such people jail him

  4. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Yeah. I really hope Sony wins. People like Geohot’s not helping us at all. Not at all.

  5. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Good for them, it’s about time Sony stood up to this pricks.

  6. Thu, 13th Jan 2011 at 3:27 am

    it was not a pirated version of CLOS, it was a modified eboot to trick the ps3 into thinking it was a PSN game, you still need the game to use it.
    ive said it once, twice, many times and ill say it again.
    only in america can you get sued for doing something completley legal!

  7. Thu, 13th Jan 2011 at 6:58 am

    Well I don’t get how reverse engineering the PS3 to make to accessible for pirates is legal. That’s actually against American law.

  8. Thu, 13th Jan 2011 at 9:12 am

    they did not reverse engineer it all they did was look into the PSUs and ended up linking a device between the kernel and the SPUs to capture the code.
    hacking a system you pay for is not illegal, have a look at the lawsuit apple tried to file against the people who jailbroke the first iphone.
    which, just so happens to be the same guy who blew the ps3 wide open!
    sony stuffed up in there programming opening up the doors for hacking, than removing other OS just brought all the bees back to the hive.

  9. Thu, 13th Jan 2011 at 9:29 am

    But remember bro, it was Geohot who messed with OtherOs aka Linux that prompted Sony to remove it in the first place.

  10. Fri, 14th Jan 2011 at 11:03 am

    no, he was just playing around with it to try figure out why he could not get access to the video RAM which he explains in his video with G4.
    NEVER to this day did he release that hack, sony had no reason to remove other OS!
    they removed a advertised feature, so if anyone should get sued its sony!
    other OS is not just linux, other OS can install allot of other operating systems not just linux.

  11. Fri, 14th Jan 2011 at 11:13 am


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