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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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jan 2011 @ 8:19pm

    The problems comes from the divorce between the material and the immaterial part of products, meaning that the immaterial part now tends to have an existence of its own. So one has less control over the immaterial part and the tendency is to try to maintain as much control over it as possible. By legal means or other ways to buy time or by "re-marrying" it to the material part.
    This is worsened by the fact that there is no limit to by how much you can multiply the actual cost to get to the "price" of the immaterial. What is the cost of a Van Gogh? A Rolex? A 100 lines intelligent piece of software?
    Nobody can write down how much I pay for the immaterial part of a product. So the only workaround is to dilute that part somehow, in the form of a rental, license or such, which amounts to charging as much as possible over time and, commercially this time, to re-marry the two parts.
    But this is not a marriage of love.

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