I read today on Cnet.com that Federal magistrate ruled this week that sony can subpoena the ISP of a hacker who has released a PlayStation 3 jailbreak.
Sony is suing hacker George Hotz, for distributing on his website some tools he made for jailbreaking the PS3 so that owners can run homebrew and other applications on their consoles. Sony was also granted the rights to ask the ISP for ip addresses of visitors to Hotz site as well as server logs and information related to the account, and info on computers that accessed or downloaded files from it. If you wanna read the whole report it was published by Wire
To me this seems pretty rediculous. When i buy a ps3, i would only assume that i am buying the right to do to it what i want. If i buy a new Truck and im i not allowed to put a 6" lift on it with some beauty rims and some huge ass tires? I think i am. (i know this is a pretty dumb example, but its what came to mind.) So why is it that i can't take my PS3 and put some software on it that allows me to use it the way i want?
I understand that sony isn't going after Hotz for jailbreaking the PS3, but rather for posting their info. Sony says that Hotz violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud Abuse Act, for distibuting on his Website the tools for the jailbreak. I can understand that its not legal to download pirated games and burn them and play them, but to take my system, which i paid for and not be allowed to manipulate it, that is rediculous. Holz didn't take this jailbreak and then put a gun to anyones head and say use this and make sure you pirate a bunch of software.... no he merely came up with what i would say is a pretty intelligent idea, and then share it with the world. I'd say sony should take the info and use to to fix what they think is a problem...
Along with this it says that Sony has the right to request info on people who have looked at his website and tools? This is crazy. Just cause anyone looked at it doesn't mean they contributed to it and it definitly doesn't mean they used it for anything illegal...... So basically what this says to me is now that people agreed it was sweet and looked at it or downloaded it they are suspects??
Anyways, i'm really going no where with this, i just read the article and thought it was effin stupid. The fact that anyone would waste time and money on this case is rediculous. Personally i think Sony should give this kid a job, cause from what i see he made there console a little sweeter.
I hope some of this makes sense, if not sorry to have wasted your time.