Geohot Supporters Angry He Settled With Sony
from the don't-complain-until-you're-in-his-shoes... dept
Via Slashdot, comes the news that a bunch of George Hotz’ (geohot) supporters are angry he decided to settle with Sony, as we recently discussed. Part of this is due to some of Geohot’s own bluster during the lawsuit, including this statement:
“What if SCEA tries to settle? Let’s just say, I want the settlement terms to include OtherOS on all PS3s and an apology on the PlayStation blog for ever removing it. It’d be good PR for Sony too, lord knows they could use it. I’m also willing to accept a trade, a legit path to homebrew for knowledge of how to stop new firmwares from being decrypted.”
So, you can see why some may be upset that he didn’t back that up. Others were more upset about the fact that they contributed money to his defense fund in the belief that he would fight the lawsuit. I can understand why some are angry, but I think it’s tough for people who haven’t faced a lawsuit to recognize the stress that being sued puts on a person. Even if I hope someone will often “fight the good fight” on a particular legal issue, it’s usually difficult to fault an individual for settling if a reasonable opportunity presents itself. Yes, this will often prolong certain problems, but it’s unfair to expect a single individual to take on a larger issue sometimes.