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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    herbert, 15 Jan 2011 @ 5:07am

    what is needed is that if a company wants people to buy their product, sell it. if a company wants people to hire their product, rent it out. it is totally wrong to sell an item, regardless of what that item is, then tell people who bought it that they can only do what the seller says. once that item has been bought, a person should be able to do what they like with it. if doing something different than it was intended, as long as the person knows that the guarantee will be invalid, then so be it. also, if an item contains certain features or functions that are used in advertising to aid the selling of the item, those features or functions should not be removed by the seller unless there is specific evidence that those features and functions will cause the item to fail, not because they may allow other things to be done with the item. removing (or disabling them) them as an after thought for any other reason should be illegal. remember, this all came about because Sony sold the PS3 with the option of being able to use Linux on it, and used that information as a sales incentive. had they not removed that option, maybe, just maybe, none of this crap would have happened.
    as far as Sony's customer service centers and support services are concerned, they are an absolute disgrace. once a piece of Sony equipment/hardware has been bought (usually at a higher price than equivalent from different vendors, but the same spec, simply because it says 'Sony!), the customer is completely ignored!

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