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Sony Officially Sues Geohot and fail0verflow for PlayStation 3 Jailbreak

Written on January 13, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony bares its fangs as it officially charges copyright infringement lawsuit against PlayStation 3 jailbreakers Geohot and fail0verflow.

finally got the message when a Temporary Restraining Order won’t be enough to stop from hacking the PlayStation 3. And now they’re landing one of their trumph cards as they officially and legally file a complaint against jailbreak superstars and for copyright infringement.

The full legal document is over 40 pages long. But in a nutshell, Sony’s charging the for copyright issues and are asking the court to halt the ’ operation over the internet and to confiscate all hardware and software that contain the jailbreak code. On top of that, they’re asking for damage fees, but as to how much, it doesn’t say. There are no statements yet from Geohot and fail0verflow.

  • Interfering with Sony’s relationships with other PSN customers;
  • Violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which forbids accessing computers without authorization;
  • Violating §1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which forbids bypassing access control measures;
  • Violating the California Computer Crime Law, which is the state computer fraud act;
  • Violating the PlayStation Network’s Terms of Service;
  • Guilty of contributory copyright infringement for encouraging and helping others to crack PS3s as well;
  • Trespassing on Sony’s ownership right to the PS3 and;
  • Misappropriating Sony’s intellectual property.

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