The Judge Says: Sony Wins Round 1 vs. Geohot
After sorting out that confusion over where the suit would be filed, Sony has finally had the US District Court of Northern California hear its case against Geo “George Hotz” Hot for his PS3 security hack. That court has, for the time being, ruled in favor of Sony and issued a temporary restraining order and impoundment order against Geohot. The restraining order will stand until the next court date, when Geohot will get to “show cause” and make the case that his action was legal.
What this means is that, for now, Hotz is pretty much not allowed to even talk about the PS3 hack, and the police are going to take away all this computers.
Not that any of this helps Sony, even though the restraining order applies to “Hotz, his agents, employees and any other persons or entities in privity or acting in concert or participation with him.” Last night Sony issued a PS3 firmware update intended to negate the crack, but then the internet came together and found a solution within three hours. Geohot wasn’t involved, and so many people understand inner workings of the PS3 now that the damage has been done.
If you’re interested, I’ve embedded the court documents below.