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.

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    AW, 12 Jan 2011 @ 5:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You've got to realize that the founding fathers never expected copyright to be what it is today. They also severely limited it's applicability to a maximum of 28 years where you were required to renew after 14 years and it was difficult to obtain a copyright or patent. The purpose was to promote progress, only a few years earlier under the British from whom the copyright clause was almost wholly taken, perpetual copyright was rejected and this was at a time when the average life span was far less. The reason for the rejection was that no one wanted a monopoly, which is exactly what is created under our current system. The fact that nothing that is created within my lifetime will ever expire into public domain is abhorrent and in not in line with any reasonable need for protection. To defend the IP system as it is today is a defense of naked greed. The fact of the matter is that only in the last 300 years of human existence has any need arisen for the protection of one's ideas.

    @AC television nowadays can most certainly control what you watch and there is a government mandated fuel governor in all cars which limits your speed to 120mph or somewhere thereabouts.

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