George Hotz (geohot) and Sony Computer Entertainment America have reached a settlement in the PS3 hacking case, which has ended with a permanent injunction against George Hotz. Geohot is no longer allowed to exploit or circumvent protection on Sony products. While the official blog post from Sony mentions the recent attacks from Anonymous in passing, it is not clear if they had any effect on the settlement. For hackers, the outcome is not ideal. Geohot originally said that “…I want the settlement terms to include OtherOS on all PS3s and an apology on the PlayStation blog for ever removing it…“, but it is unlikely that this will happen.
Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”
“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.” Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s internet services and websites.