George Hotz, SCEA Settle Legal Dispute

Sony Computer Entertainment America, a subsidiary of Sony Corp., and PS3 jailbreaker George "Geohotz" Hotz have quietly settled their legal dispute out of court. Both parties issues a joint statement today saying that they had amicably settled their differences over alleged hacking activities. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

The statement claimed that both parties came to the agreement "in principle" on March 31 this year. Sony had filed for a temporary restraining order against Hotz and other PS3 hacking group Fail0verFlow in January. SCEA did not say whether it would continue its legal action against the hacking group in its settlement announcement. The company said in its original complaint that the group had laid the groundwork for Hotz’ PS3 jailbreaking.

Most recently, SCEA and Hotz were butting heads over whether or not the San Francisco, California federal court where Sony filed the case held jurisdiction over New Jersey-based Hotz.

Prior to the settlement, the court had approved Sony’s request for preliminary injunction, which meant Hotz had to remove postings related to the PS3 jailbreak from his website.

"It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier," Hotz said in the settlement announcement. "I’m happy to have the litigation behind me." Hotz continues to deny that he did anything wrong. He has always maintained that his jailbreaking of the PS3 was to re-enable the use of Linux and in turn enable the use of homebrew software. He never intended for any of his work to be used to enable software piracy or hacking.

"We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network," SCEA general counsel Riley Russell said.

"We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution," Russell added.

Source: Gamasutra by way of E. Zachary Knight.

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