Sony hits snag in case over PS3 hacks
Sony may have to delay taking legal action against George Hotz and others who published a way to allow users to run any software on the company's Playstation 3 console.
The problem is that Hotz did not use the PlayStation Network either to breach the system or to distribute the code. He cracked the console from his home in New Jersey, and put the code up on his own Web site.
That leaves only the argument about Twitter, YouTube and PayPal, which gave San Francisco district court judge Susan Illston pause. The judge is delaying the case while she considers the question of whether or not her court has jurisdiction over the case.
"If having a PayPal account were enough, then there would be personal jurisdiction in this court over everybody, and that just can't be right," she said. "That would mean the entire universe is subject to my jurisdiction, and that's a really hard concept for me to accept."
Sony wants the code Hotz designed removed from its hosting sites, unspecified damages and for Hotz to turn over the equipment he used to crack the system. Gamesindustry.biz reported that the hack is still downloadble, including from a site run by Carnegie Mellon computer science professor David Touretzky, who has defended Hotz and the legality of his actions.
"Free speech (and free computing) rights exist only for those determined to exercise them," Touretzky wrote on his Web site. "Trying to suppress those rights in the Internet age is like spitting in the wind."
| January 18, 2011; 11:35 AM ET
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