Sony Gets Restraining Order Against Guy Who Restored PS3 Feature Sony Deleted
from the make-it-stop dept
We’ve already noted the ridiculousness of the situation with copyright law today that makes jailbreaking your iPhone perfectly legal, but jailbreaking your computer gaming console potentially a jailable criminal offense. While some judges have noticed how ridiculous this is, it hasn’t stopped console makers from going overboard.
Take, for example, Sony’s reaction to a recent jailbreaking of the PS3. As you may recall, last year, Sony simply deleted a feature on the PS3 that would let users install alternative operating systems, such as Linux. This feature was used by operations such as the US Air Force to build supercomputers. Recently, a hacker by the name of George Hotz jailbroke the PS3 in order to let people bring back the “Other OS” feature that Sony had dumped.
Sony’s response? To bring out the legal guns, get a restraining order against Hotz claim that he violated both the DMCA and the CFAA, and that “all circumvention technology” that Hotz used should be “impounded.”
Hopefully Hotz is willing to fight this, and a court is willing to go beyond even what that last judge did, and point out that the laws, as currently written, go beyond what is Constitutional in blocking the way people can make use of their own hardware.