Sony Gets Temporary Restraining Order Against PlayStation 3 Hackers

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 28, 2011 2:00pm PST The next chapter in the PlayStation 3 jailbreak fiasco continues. The US District Court for the Northern District of California has decided that Sony's DMCA lawsuit, inspired by the recent jailbreak of the PlayStation 3, will go forward in California courts. (via PSX-Scene)

Additionally, the court has granted Sony a temporary restraining order against hacker George Hotz (Geohot) and the group fail0verflow, prohibiting them from hacking PlayStation hardware and distributing anything related to recent PlayStation 3 firmware hack, or helping other to do the same. Hotz and fail0verflow have also been instructed to relinquish any computers or storage devices used to create the hack to Sony's lawyers.

While this could be viewed as a net win for Sony, it doesn't do anything to put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube. After all, the PS3 jailbreak is still available from numerous locations on the Internet.

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  • Bow down to your corporate masters.

    That expensive piece of electronics you purchased? It doesn't really belong to you. You can't do what you wish with it. You can only operate it the exact manner the manufacture has determined to be acceptable.

    So you're ok with what the manufacturer has determined is acceptable use today? 3 months later they will re-write the rules, and 3 months later do it again. You best conform to the new rules, you don't have a choice.

    Whats that? You refuse to conform? You think your free to do what you wish with that expensive piece of electronics that you thought you *owned*? Wrong. Law enforcement will be by shortly to ensure that you play by the rules.

    Today it's video game consoles and smart phones. What will you buy but not own tomorrow?

    The worst part is the army of people who don't care about or don't understand the erosion of property rights that is currently underway. They foolishly carry the corporate battle flag and advocate for extending corporate property rights at the expense of their own. Why?

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    • I agree, but only halfway.

      Part of the problem is that hacking also endangers PSN and multiplayer components. I couldn't care less about what people do with their PS3's in private, neither should anyone else, but they should keep it in private or at best only with like-minded people. I prefer my online experience to be hack and cheat-free.

      I do agree that Sony's approach to this is overly hamfisted, to use an expression, though the ability to compromise or find smarter solutions has faded from (major) corporations quite a while ago.