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If you were expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight between Sony and PS3 jailbreaker George "Geohot" Hotz, you'll have to settle for an anticlimactic ending instead. As our own Nathan Grayson reported yesterday, Hotz agreed to never again spread any technology that "circumvents any of the TPMs in any Sony product" and is forever banned from assisting in such activities. That's not exactly the end result Hotz's supporters were hoping for, and now the former PS3 hacker is taking heat for running from the fire.
Hotz announced in a blog post his intention of joining the Sony boycott, encouraging others to follow suit. But what he didn't do is disclose terms of the settlement, of which he is unable to do unless he breaks the terms of the settlement, a violation that could cost him $10,000. Why does this matter to his supporters? Here's what Hotz had to say before the settlement.
"What if SCEA tries to settle? Let's just say, I want the settlement terms to include OtherOS on all PS3s and an apology on the PlayStation blog for ever removing it."
Now his supporters, some of which donated money to his legal battle, are turning on Hotz for not going the distance.
"So basically you settled for a job and took people's money giving them a false hope of settling for their rights? What do you plan to do with the money that was donated to you to provide a cushion for the legal battle? I hope you will be paying all those people back since you obviously didn't live up to your word," one commenter wrote.
Hotz, who didn't take a job with Sony, said he will be addressing the donations in the a future post and that "people will be happy," but it's not just about the money.
"Sounds like a win for Sony. Now they get no court case to prove their actions wrong. No court case, no case law, no reason to keep Sony from acting like this again...Sure, it's nice that it's over and people can move on with their lives, but I just think people expected a bit more of a fight than this," another commenter wrote.
What's your take on this? Should Hotz return the donations he received for his legal fight?