Earlier this week Sony filed a restraining order against the hackers behind the jailbreaking of the Playstation 3. Today the hackers have responded to the filing, saying that they don’t advocate piracy and their end goal was simply to get the “Install Other OS” option back on the system.
“Our exclusive goal was, is, and always has been to get OtherOS back,” fail0verflow claims on their site. They go on to say that they have never “condoned, supported, approved of, or encouraged videogame piracy.”
George “Geohot” Hotz has also made a statement that he does not condone piracy, but does not believe Sony’s actions have any legal merit to them. “I am a firm believer in digital rights,” Geohot told BBC News. “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.”
If it is true that Sony has no case, as Hotz claims, then the company could be in trouble. Some folks out there are even taking steps already. Former Ubisoft employee Martin Walfisz, who worked on the development of Ubi’s new DRM technologies, agrees with the hackers that the console cannot be fixed with firmware updates. Noted internet free speech activist Professor David Touretzky of Carnegie Mellon, a private research university, is even hosting the jailbreak files on the Carnegie Mellon website.
“Our friends at Sony are having another bad day, i.e. doing something breathtakingly stupid, presumably because they don’t know any better,” writes Touretzky, who clarifies that his opinions are is own and not those of the university. “Hotz’s jailbreak allows PS3 owners to run the software of their choice on a machine they have legally purchased. Free speech (and free computing) rights exist only for those determined to exercise them. Trying to suppress those rights in the internet age is like spitting in the wind.
“We will help our friends at Sony understand this by mirroring the GeoHot jailbreak files at Carnegie Mellon.”
Sony, however, remains confident that they can fix the security breach. According to a NeoGaff user (via CVG), you don’t need to go online for Sony to know you’re using pirated software. The boot process involves connecting to Sony’s servers for various updates even before you connect to the PSN.
This situation should be fun to watch. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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