Sony and GeoHot Settle Out of Court

We’ve been following the battle between Sony and George “GeoHot” Hotz as it’s meandered through the courts. Today, Sony announced that the case has been settled.

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, the parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction. Sony’s legal counsel, Riley Russell, had this to say about the settlement:

Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us. 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.

Hotz’s quote was short and sweet, saying simply, “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but at least this will let us all stop watching the court case like it’s a new episode of Law & Order. If we learn the terms, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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3 Comments on Sony and GeoHot Settle Out of Court


On April 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Sooo this all of a sudden after the Anonymous attacks start to kick in.


On April 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

You mean OpSony. Anonymous’ attacks were bad but OpSony was pretty evil in their attacks.


On April 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Anonymous attacks happened well after this deal was signed.

So much for George Hotz sticking it to “the man”.