Overhype

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
geohot, george hotz, hacking, money, ps3

Companies:
eff, sony



Geohot Gives Remaining Legal Funds To EFF

from the not-gone-to-waste dept

When George Hotz (Geohot) settled the lawsuit Sony had filed against him for jailbreaking the PS3 in order to restore a feature that Sony had taken away (despite advertising it), many were upset. Part of the reason people were upset was that he had asked for donations, and insisted that he would fight Sony until the end. Those people wanted to know what would happen to the money they donated. Geohot has now said he's donating the remaining cash to the EFF, which hopefully will satisfy those who were upset over that aspect. As I said earlier, unless you've been subject to a lawsuit from a giant company, it's tough to sit there and criticize a guy for settling, rather than fighting to the end. The legal system is set up such that it's a stacked deck against the little guy, so as disappointing as it may be not to get a full ruling out of this, it's hard to fault Geohot.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Apr 2011 @ 7:41am

    Perhaps people who ask for such donations should mention that any remaining money after the lawsuit will go to organization X ahead of time, so that there are no surprises at the end. They should also mention that they may end up settling the case and not fighting it sometime during the case. As long as none of the donated money can go to Sony during the settlement process (or if the defendant loses the case), I think most donators will be happy. Can the law demand that donated lawsuit money go to the plaintiff (ie: in the case of a settlement or after a losing judgement). I suppose in a settlement case, probably not, but what about a losing judgement? Can any remaining donated money to fight a lawsuit then be transferred over to the plaintiff?

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