After a series of verbal jabs that ranged from heated and on-point to “he's clearly fled to South America,” Sony and notorious PS3 jailbreaker George “Geohot” Hotz have finally patched things up. Or at least, that's what the court document says. The parties involved, however, tell a slightly different story.
One thing's for sure, though: litigations are over. Hotz is now bound by a permanent injunction that forbids him from spreading any technology that “circumvents any of the TPM’s in any Sony product.” That, of course, includes helping other people achieve a similar goal. Distribution of confidential Sony information is now off the table as well. If Hotz fails to keep his word, he's looking at $10,000 charges per violation and a trial on Sony's preferred turf: California.
According to a press release, everyone's kissing and making up like nothing ever happened. There may even be a sleep-over.
“Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, general counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal... We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”
“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” Hotz said in the press release. “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”
Which is probably true, but that doesn't mean Hotz is ready to forgive and forget. His latest blog post is short, sweet, and to the point:
“As of 4/11/11, I am joining the SONY boycott. I will never purchase another SONY product. I encourage you to do the same. And if you bought something SONY recently, return it. Why would you not boycott a company who feels this way about you?”
So, you're probably wondering, who won? Well, Geohot fortunately didn't end up penniless, but Sony still got to trot him out and make an example of him. Jailbreaking, however, is far from dead, seeing as it's difficult to cut off a movement's head if it doesn't have one in the first place. This case, then, is mostly concluded, but it's lightyears away from conclusive.