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Sony Demands IP Addresses of YouTube PS3 Hack Viewers

Sony Demands IP Addresses of YouTube PS3 Hack Viewers

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.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
VibeHD
VibeHD

i dont even know :/ but c,mon sony sort it out plz it is my ps3 like . its like microsoft taken cross game chat of xbox . disapointed

uncleblaze
uncleblaze

get an xbox360 and you dont need to care about this shit

i like reptiles...:)
i like reptiles...:)

i cant do cap locksand the goods stuffs,,,2 brfoken fingers on dominant hand...google would totally win againts sony,i dont blame sony for beig mad i would to...i mean comon getting free games.how are they gonna make a profit.but would they did was out of control...well,anyways they cant sue someone for posting a comment >.< privacy please..i didnt watch it though.geohots is awsum 2.so sony is gonna lose big money now....if they didnt do anything like apple for i touch and stuffs...they would have had more people.PEOPLE SHOULD THINK HACKERS!*bumps chest 2 times with fist and throws index and middle finger upand sahys dreamscome true!*thank you thank you

Joebloe
Joebloe

This is absolutely the stupidest move I think Sony could have made. Now they want to threaten to sue people who looked at a video on youtube? I hope they GET SUED OUT OF EXSISTANCE!And for the dumb fucks like PS3 Power, maybe YOU think it is OK for a corporation to do whatever it wants, but threatening to sue someone if they view a video on youtube is going to be Sonys downfall if they try it, count on it!And no...I'm sorry, but I do not agree that Sonys "anything goes" approach to get hackers is LEGAL! And I am sure this would be taken all the way to the supreme court if necessary! police cannot randomly conduct searches unless they have a very good reason for doing it. Even if they think someone comitted a crime, if they have no proof to back it up, they cannot conduct a search.How is Sony above the police? I think this judge has opened up a can of legal worms he will wish later on he never would have messed with.They are trying to sue anyone and everyone involved in downloading this crack. THAT is ONE thing......But to threaten to sue people for watching a VIDEO?? I don't THINK SO! Let thgem try it and go down in flames.How do THEY KNOW what youtube user posting a comment actually has a PS3? Wait until peoples lawyers get ahold of THAT, they will sue Sony for everything they have.What if someone came on the youtube site looking at this out of curiousity then made a comment and then Sony later on found out that they did not even OWN a PS3??? Then it is Sony that could , should and probably would be sued for damages.I hope that is exactly what happens if Sony tries to sue people who simply looked at a video!

lars
lars

When I read this, I am really disappointed - of course a company must make money and protect their products but what they do here is absolutely contraproductive ! How can we support that cool guy Hotz ? I think he needs some help/support

BruceLD
BruceLD

Sony and the MPAA are flexing their muscles and shooting DMCA warning shots (which they created and paid for) at Google/Youtubes bow. We're talking the old world Illuminati wealthy elite against the new world technology wealthy elite.Google is far from poor and defenseless. If Google/Youtube takes a shot back...they could very well take down the MPAA and Sony with one precision legal shot.Sony and the MPAA ought to be very careful. Neither of them can afford to take on Google's multi-billion dollar-capable legal team, the worldwide vengeful hackers and potentially 1 billion or more consumers in the world.2012 isn't that far away is it? :D

TerribleTony
TerribleTony

I gave my PS3 to mate when his broke (shoddy manufacturing quality, see?), and I have never expected any payment, and frankly now, my mate can keep it until it breaks. I don't want it back, and I won't be buying any more Sony products.

minakin
minakin

to be honest ive done jail breaks and jtags and so on for all the major consoles they can kiss my ass as far as im conserd i payed for them there mine i should be able to do what the fuck i whant fuck sony there only angry coz they got gang banged by geohotz besides they fail any way coz the 3.56 cfw only has a few things to smooth out and will be out soon so waste of money for them putting the effort in to stop us

Garasvaldi
Garasvaldi

Kinda glad my ps3 was stolen before all this theft by Sony. Least I was robbed honestly.

Anik
Anik

Why does everyone freakout at everything. Even if they get our IP adds- I am sure they would be checking to see if we used the hack or not.People are fucking online multiplayers up with these hacks, unlocking trophies with these hacks, raping your moms with these hacks and that's okay...but Sony trying to solve this issue by checking our IPs is enough to never buy a Sony Product again?It's almost as if no OtherOS = no Uncharted 3...

powerless consumer
powerless consumer

Yay, hacked games for all for free, FUCKYOU Sony.......For Cinavia DRM Removing Linux For the rootkit scandalThe system is mine.

From a Sony
From a Sony

Well, a VAIO technically, Sony has successfully made a monopoly out of their console system and with so much users, they just cannot bypass every single effort that is against them. I wouldn't know the problems on it, I play my Wii and on my PC.buster sword

GlossyBrian
GlossyBrian

I'm speechless. GeoHot offered them his help, but instead they try to sue him to death? Hasn't Sony seen what Anonymous does to punish the wicked? This can not possibly end well.And it's already started. Bought a CD player for my kids' room today, and specifically chose to skip the Sony. Can't support them right now. Bought inferior RCA instead.

Eloh
Eloh

The original video is up (on youtube), although not from Geohot's channel. Wonder how long it'll take for Sony to give them another Temp. restraining order?But yeah, I've lost a lot of respect from Sony, and I just might not buy whatever they put out next.

rigostar
rigostar

I will never buy a Sony product again.

disinter
disinter

I watched the video and commented on it and I have never owned a PS3 in my life so it's fucking to them?

James
James

It will only make the hackers hate Sony more.. Screw them, I for one applaud Sony and it's developers by buying legit games period! This is a non issue if you play legit games.

Eloh
Eloh

I'm fucking speechless.... this is ridiculous. I posted there like 10 times. Holy shit....Oh well, I did nothing illegal so I'll be fine. (Yeah, right).

Kalen Darkmoon
Kalen Darkmoon

Strike 1: They sacrifice gaming quality by reducing its graphics hardware capabilities in order to include vastly expensive BD drives in their PoS3 and help them win the BluRay/HD-DVD format war.Strike 2: Sony is a corporate THIEF. They advertise and sell a product with certain capabilities and features. Then they later take away some of those features rendering the product useless for some who certain features heavily. In specific, the features of the PoS3 (ability to run Linux and do Folding) that some people had factored into their purchasing decision and then later Sony STEALS that purchase back away from their customers.Would you tolerate buying a new car that advertised built-in GPS and then the car company a year or 2 later remotely disabling that feature? Or how about GM remotely disabling your car because you used a non-GM part in fixing it? But yet Sony is able to convince judges that selling one thing and later stealing back away that which they sold is perfectly ok and they cannot be sued for refunds.Why would anyone want to buy from THIEVES?Strike 3 (& you're out!): They are now abusing the U.S. Federal Courts where normally you have to sue someone in the district where they committed the infraction against you (i.e. GeoHot in his district b/c he made the jailbreak in his home.) But yet they managed to convince some brain-damaged judge that because he posted it on the internet accessible from anywhere that they can sue him from where they want to in order to bypass another Judge's ruling that ok'd Jailbreaking the iPhone because the Librarian of Congress ruled it did not violate the DMCA.So in essence they went judge shopping in order to bypass what is otherwise a legal binding ruling. This also set a VERY dangerous precedent for free speech in that they could control the venue where they can sue someone that could include those that give bad reviews or comments about Sony products online.I will never again buy another Sony product in my life and will warn all others away since Sony has set and defended the precedent of selling items with certain features and then taking those features away later. Then prosecuting/bullying anyone who tries to restore said STOLEN features that Sony stole back from it's customers. They are also now seeking to go after anyone who has even viewed how it is done in order to terrorize them with their lawyers too.With such disgusting abuse of, and THEFT from, its customers why should anyone buy Sony products?

handa90
handa90

this is fuckin bullshit we shold sue ps3

PS3power
PS3power

Because, dude, most of those people bi*ching here were people hoping for easy cheats and game hacks; some people simply enjoy spoiling fun for others than actually playing the game.Other OS? WTF? I have PCs for that and they are actually good at that. Couldn't care less for other OS on a console. It is good for gaming and BR movies. That is all I want from it. I stoped playing on PC because of online cheaters, and I want Sony to keep PS3 free of cheaters at any cost. At ANY COST!

Mountain_rage
Mountain_rage

They are using abusive corporate powers to check the I.P. addresses of people posting comments online. They have no authority to do so, but have million to throw at the case. Not only is there no reason they need all the I.P. addresses, they are manipulating the system, choosing judges to get their way. This is a privacy invasion, and possibly intimidation attempt. They are trying to scare everyone that watched and commented on the video. You are ignorant if you do not see the dangers of letting a corporation acquire every I.P. addresses of a video in a lawsuit involving one individual. The complaints being raised have nothing to do with the PS3 hack, or Sony trying to lock their system back down, and has everyone to do with a corporation muscling powers they were never meant to have. But I assume ignorance is bliss.

Mountain_rage
Mountain_rage

How is this not an issue for people who buy games? Did you not loose the ability to install Linux on your PS3? Did they not install a root kit on your system through an update? Are they not still muscling in laws that allow them to dictate what you can do after you purchase a product, rather than you deciding what you can do with that product. You are the reason corporations have the power they do today, you shrug off the abuses as insignificant, only to wake up one day with them running your life.

Johnson68
Johnson68

This is absurd. This is now public knowledge online and to demand the I.P. addresses of everyone who has commented on the video is in essence illegal and non-pertinent to the case.



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