Court approves Sony's restraining order against George Hotz
A California court has approved Sony's restraining order against George Hotz, who distributed a way to allow Playstation 3 users to put any operating system on their consoles -- an action that Sony claims opened the door to game piracy. PSX-Scene, a Playstation community, had the pdf files of the documents first.
Hotz has been ordered to take down all links to the hack and turn over his computers. He maintains that he never intended the hack to aid game piracy and, in fact, told the G4 network show "Attack of the Show" that he took measures to keep the code from being used in that manner.
Sony had hit a snag in getting the temporary restraining order when Judge Susan Illston expressed reservations over whether or not her jurisdiction extended to the case.
Hotz has become something of a cult hero in the hacking community, and the hack is readily available through mirror sites across the Internet.
| January 28, 2011; 10:25 AM ET
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