PS3 Hacker Heads to South America, Sony is Not Amused [Update: He's Just on Vacation]

Ryan Whitwam

Update: Hotz has made a post on his blog clarifying the whole situation. "Factually, it's true I'm in South America, on a vacation I've had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is Spring break; hacking isn't my life. Rest assured that not a dime of legal defense money would ever go toward something like this," he said. So then, case closed on that front. As for the whole PSN account thing, Hotz remained tight-lipped. Or tape-mouthed, as it were.

Original Article: The ongoing saga of Sony vs. Geohot has now gone international, according to court documents filed by Sony USA. The case revolves around George "GeoHot" Hotz, and his hacking of the PS3 which allowed unsigned software to be run. Sony sued under the DMCA, and the case has been turning against Hotz in recent weeks. Sony has been granted access to IP logs and Hotz's own electronic gear. Now Hotz has allegedly taken off for South America .

Sony's legal aim thus far has been to convince the courts that the case should be tried in California, where Sony USA is based. They have attempted to use server logs and even interviews Hotz has done as a basis for this. But in the most recent round of filings, Sony claims to have proof that Hotz created a PSN account (which he has denied). If true, that means Hotz would have agreed to Sony's EULA, making his case more difficult.

No one is saying that Geohot has absconded to South America, but Sony is strongly insinuating that is the case. Hotz has previously managed to raise a substantial legal defense fund, so the case could theoretically proceed without him to some degree. What do you make of this situation?

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