Sony Continues Suing People Who Help Others Modify Their PS3s
from the no-freedom-to-tinker dept
The story of Sony suing Geohot for jailbreaking the PS3 got plenty of attention, and eventually ended in a settlement (with many people believing the press attention finally got to Sony). However, getting much less press attention is the fact that Sony continues to sue others who help people modify the Sony PS3. Sony has sued a guy in the UK for allegedly selling modchips, though the guy thinks it has more to do with the fact that he published a report highlighting technical problems with the PS3. After all, the lawsuit came just a day after a Sony exec wrote a memo complaining about the report. That seems like a pure case of a SLAPP suit, but the UK doesn’t seem to have anti-SLAPP laws. For shame.
Meanwhile, a few folks have sent over news of Alexander Egorenkov, a German guy, also known as graf_chokolo, who published a guide to Sony’s DRM system. Sony not only filed suit against him, but also had the police raid his home and seize his computers and electronics. Egorenkov claims he doesn’t have the money for a legal fight and will likely end up in jail. All for what? For publishing info on Sony’s PS3 so that buyers could make full use of the hardware they had purchased. Egorenkov recently commented on his own blog that even though he’s probably going to jail, he’s not going to be silenced, and plans to “continue” his work on such equipment after he gets out of prison.
In the meantime, what the hell is Sony thinking? Why is the company being so incredibly aggressive against anyone who wants to modify their (legally bought) hardware? Beyond the ridiculousness of the whole campaign, and the fact that it’s pissing off tons of folks who might otherwise be fans of Sony equipment, doesn’t Sony have better things to do these days? Its stock is falling. Its businesses aren’t doing well. It can’t seem to secure its own servers. And all it’s doing is spending its time suing people for modding the PS3? Really?