George "Geohot" Hotz received a mountain of criticism for backing down on his scuffle with Sony and settling out of court, in part because so many donated money to his legal battle. Hotz has since made amends by donating leftover legal defense money to the EFF, but many are still furious he didn't fight this thing to the end. Given what might go down with another PS3 modder -- Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov -- Hotz might have made the right move after all.
Authorities raided Egorenkov's home in February after being sued by Sony for hacking the PS3 trying to restore OtherOS (Linux) to the system. According to Kotaku, Sony at last check was seeking €1,000,000 (about $1.44 million), and while Egorenkov tried to fight the good fight with donations, the well is apparently drying up and he's now fearing the worst.
"Hi guys, no money left anymore. Going to jail soon probably because I cannot pay court costs," Egorenkov said on his website. "But I'm ready to stand up for everything I said and go to jail for that too. It's not important to win, more important is to show them that we are ready to fight, that they cannot scare me off easily. Yeah, I'm ready to go to jail for my beliefs and my principles."
Egorenkov hasn't actually been sentenced yet, but if he does end up going to prison, it might be Sony that ultimately can't afford the outcome, in terms of yet another PR hit.