Sony continues to massively
overreact to the news that a hacker figured out how to "jailbreak" the PS3 in order to re-enable the functionality that Sony had deleted
from PS3s. Beyond getting a far overreaching gag order
on George Hotz, who figured out the jailbreak, and playing Whac-a-Mole
to try to take down the code anywhere it appears, the company has now asked a judge to order Google to provide the IP addresses and other identifying info
of anyone who viewed or commented on the video about the jailbreak that was hosted on a private YouTube page. The company is also promising to sue anyone who posts or distributes the code any further. Did Sony learn nothing
from the AACS debacle
? How long until we start seeing t-shirts, tattoos and URLs with the code? How long until it starts appearing in songs as well?
Every move that Sony makes to try to hide this code only further promotes that it's out there. And all of this accomplishes what, exactly? Why is Sony so hell bent on punishing everyone for daring to restore functionality that they thought had been included in a box they had bought? And why does Sony (who really should know better) think that this strategy will be effective this time, when every single time a company has reacted this way it has backfired in a big, bad way? It's as if the lawyers at Sony haven't noticed how the internet works.