Demands that Google hand over usernames and IP addresses of anyone that has posted or published comments in response to the video titled “Jailbroken PS3 3.55 with Homebrew” (now private).
Early last month we reported how a user by the name of GeoHot, the same user who helped to crack the iPhone, had posted the root key of the PlayStation 3 (PS3), thereby allowing users to play downloaded games directly on the gaming console.
The root key is sort of the holy grail of jailbreaking because it’s the signature that tells the equipment, in this case the PS3, that the software about to run is legitimate. With this in hand users could run custom software or pirated games.
GeoHot, aka George Hotz, already published the keys and even made a video of his exploits, but Sony has been working overtime to try and scrub the root key from the Internet.
Hotz posted a YouTube video of his exploits titled “Jailbroken PS3 3.55 with Homebrew,” and even though he’s made the video private, Sony has demanded in court that Google hand over the “usernames and IP addresses [of people] that have posted or published ‘comments’ in response to the video.”
And now that the video has been switched to “private” Sony wants “Information and documents sufficient to identify the usernames and/or accounts that have access” to it.
Sony believes that Hotz violated the Digital Millennium Copyright because he bypassed Sony’s technological protection measures for the PS3, and then distributed “illegal Circumvention Devices” – i.e. the root key.
It’s all a quite curious path for Sony to take being that the root key is already out there and can’t simply be forgotten. If anything it’ll make many despise Sony even more, and considering it’s still haunted by the DRM Rootkit scandal you’d think it’d be doing its best to stay below the radar on DRM issues.