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Sony Takes Legal Action Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

Hacker GeoHot is finally in a legal bind due to his notorious, hackery ways: Sony has served papers to Geohot and hacker group fail0verflow after they recently released hacks for the PlayStation 3, which basically allow anyone to run unsigned code on the system. Though unsigned code technically counts as homebrew applications – -something usually beneficial for the gaming scene — the ability to run unsigned code usually results in people running pirated software. So, one can imagine why Sony isn’t to thrilled with the hackers. Hack on past the break for more details, including the actual papers with which GeoHot was served.

GeoHot replaced his webpage with a simple little page containing links to the actual papers he was served, which includes a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, the Proposed Order, and the Complaint. Sony claims the hacks violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and that the hacks are already being packaged with pirated games.

GeoHot doesn’t seem too worried about the legal action from the corporate giant, telling the BBC:

“I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony’s current action.

I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony’s action against me doesn’t have any basis.”

Hopefully for GeoHot, he’s right about that.

(via Slashdot and Joystiq)

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