GeoHot on Sony PS3 hacking lawsuit: "beating them in court is just a start"

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PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, was recently on The Alyona Show. When asked about whether he thinks the whole issue will blow over and whether he has a chance to beat Sony in court, GeoHot responded with the following:

"Oh without a doubt. I think I will beat them. I think the reason they brought this suit is just to harass me and 'this is what happens to you if you hack Sony products.' Beating them in court is just a start."

In short, GeoHot not only thinks that he will win the lawsuit, but it's just one of his many goals, which include jailbreaking the Xperia Play and the iPhone 5. Still, he did ask for financial help just last week, after releasing a rap video to poke fun at the whole situation. He has reportedly covered his legal costs and then some in just two days of donations.

GeoHot still insists that Sony is suing the wrong guy since he is against mass piracy and does not distribute anyone's copyrighted work but his own. His goal for the PS3 is to provide users a legitimate path to homebrew, which should be legal according to previous non-console court cases.

Sony's legal attacks against the hackers that released the PS3 root key and custom firmware began last month. The group known as fail0verflow is accused of posting a rudimentary hack in December 2010 after finding security codes for the PS3. It was refined by GeoHot weeks later when he independently found and published the PS3 root key. The resulting hacks allow homebrew apps and pirated software to run on unmodified consoles. Sony is still threatening to sue anybody posting or distributing PS3 jailbreak code, despite the fact that the company accidentally tweeted the PlayStation 3 security key. Sony's official stance is if you crack your PS3, you'll get banned.


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