Geohot, Sony settle out of court

Sony Computer Entertainment America

The terms of the settlement are confidential

In an interesting, but not totally unexpected turn of events, the lawsuit between Sony Computer Entertainment America and George “Geohot” Hotz has been settled out of court.

According to a [surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/11/settlement-in-george-hotz-case/]joint statement[/surl] published on the PlayStation Blog, the parties have reached an agreement in principle, with Hotz consenting to a permanent injunction.

Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA explains:

“Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

Mr. Hotz has also commented – both on the official post and on his personal blog. In public, he says:

“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

…on his own turf, however, he has posted slightly [surl=http://geohotgotsued.blogspot.com/2011/04/joining-sony-boycott.html]less positively[/surl]:

“As of 4/11/11, I am joining the SONY boycott. I will never purchase another SONY product.

“I encourage you to do the same.”

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Hotz, a week before the settlement was reached

The statement does point out that Mr. Hotz had nothing to do with the recent attacks on Sony websites, believed to be sparked by internet group Anonymous in protest.

The lawsuit itself – if you’ve forgotten – involved SCEA accusing George of violating federal law, when he posted information online describing the PS3 security system. Sony believe the information could be used to circumvent the system and then permit the console to play pirated games.

Riley Russell continues:

“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.

“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.”

Hotz still denies any wrongdoing.


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