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Old 01-12-2011, 09:12 AM   #1  
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Yes folks, you heard it right! Sony has filed legal suits against famed hacker GeoHot, the fail0verflow team and several other hackers for recently smashing the Sony’s “Private Keys” that opened up the PS3 security, enabling users to use unauthorized programs on the system.

As posted by GeoHot on his official site, the suit alleged that the defendants are in violation of federal copyright law as they have "circumvented multiple encryption and access controls in order to retrieve and compromise various Keys used by SCEA to prevent individuals from running unauthorized code on the PS3 system."

Sony also pointed out that the hackers “trafficked in circumvention technology, products, services, methods, codes, software tools, devices, component or part thereof, including but not limited to the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm Keys, encryption and/or decryption keys, dePKG firmware decrypter program, Signing Tools, 3.55 Firmware Jailbreak, and/or any other technologies that enable unauthorized access to and/or copying of PS3 Systems and other copyrighted works.”

Sony has requested the court for a temporary restraining order and "seeks the impoundment of any and all media in which circumvention devices are stored within the possession, custody or control of Defendants, including computers, hard drives, CD-ROMs, DVDs, USB sticks and other media.
If you can't beat 'em at their own game, beat em in court... right?
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I was curious if they have actually broken any laws... Dunno how all that stuff works.
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I was curious if they have actually broken any laws... Dunno how all that stuff works.
Me neither. It must be hard to find a judge that can actually follow all the tech speak.
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Sony's lawyers told geohot to remove the keys from the internet.

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Me neither. It must be hard to find a judge that can actually follow all the tech speak.
I mean, I thought there was new legislation that passed recently that made it perfectly legal to unlock/jailbreak your device. It may void a warranty or whatever, but that it's no longer illegal and not in violation of the DMC. And that's all this is from what I can tell. If you actually pirate something, THEN you're in violation of the DMC and are liable. But not just for jailbreaking.
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Sony's lawyers told geohot to remove the keys from the internet.

Kind of late for that...the damage is done.
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Kind of late for that...the damage is done.
Yeah, I was kinda foreshadowing what this case is going to be like.

I know publishers have to be looking at this and rethinking their PS3 strategy.
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Yeah, I was kinda foreshadowing what this case is going to be like.

I know publishers have to be looking at this and rethinking their PS3 strategy.
I wouldn't think so. How many BD Burners are there out there... Or PC BD drives that are capable of ripping?

I'd be surprised if there were over 100K.
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I wouldn't think so. How many BD Burners are there out there... Or PC BD drives that are capable of ripping?

I'd be surprised if there were over 100K.
All there needs to be is one.

External hard drives are going to be the killer.
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All there needs to be is one.

External hard drives are going to be the killer.
Torrents??

You'd have to be pretty desperate to play games for free to download a 30-40 GB torrent file of a PS3 game.
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Torrents??

You'd have to be pretty desperate to play games for free to download a 30-40 GB torrent file of a PS3 game.
That's been my stance on Sony's piracy prevention from here out. Killzone 3 and Uncharted 3 need to be bursting the 50 GB seams. First party isn't nearly as important though. Sony makes those games to promote the machine.

Problem is, third party games are a lot smaller. Blops is like 10GB on PS3. Fallout New Vegas is around 5 GB. Third party is the area of concern here. Licensing is where the money is.


GTA4 + expansions is 45 GB on PC and it's one of the most popular torrents, so I don't know how well padding can even help. People who can't afford to buy the game can probably afford to let it sit in their system tray for a week.
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Torrents??

You'd have to be pretty desperate to play games for free to download a 30-40 GB torrent file of a PS3 game.
Lol, you wouldn't believe what people will do to get something for free.
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Typical $ony, if you can't beat em, sue em. They got nothing. It was their fault for having poor security. Are they admitting that there is nothing else they can do? Besides the horses are already out of the barn since the key has already been released Sony prob is hard at work on PS4 now
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That's been my stance on Sony's piracy prevention from here out. Killzone 3 and Uncharted 3 need to be bursting the 50 GB seams. First party isn't nearly as important though. Sony makes those games to promote the machine.

Problem is, third party games are a lot smaller. Blops is like 10GB on PS3. Fallout New Vegas is around 5 GB. Third party is the area of concern here. Licensing is where the money is.
There's also an added cost to fill up that BD.
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Lol, you wouldn't believe what people will do to get something for free.
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