Expensive Beliefs

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. – Ambrose Peirce
Posted: April 5th, 2011 | By Bruce Gorton

Sony is currently suing a pair of hackers for figuring out how to jailbreak PS3s - a move which has gotten anonymous to declare web-war.

Now what the jailbreak entailed so far as I can tell is it allows people to run their own programs on their Playstations. It is not about pirating games, its about running things Sony didn’t approve.

According to Anonymous the hackers involved never took their Playstation’s online, and thus never signed the DMCA.

That is why Sony got court approval to see the IP addresses on geohot’s blog about the case – they need to establish that California is the right jurisdiction so that they can apply the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act.

And it is why it is so hard to be 100% anti-hacker – the hackers here are essentially saying ”you bought it, its yours.” Piracy is one thing, but when the case involves simply making something you own work the way you want it to it stops being so cut and dried.


Just a clarification: The lawsuit is over distributing a hack, which doesn’t allow for piracy.  The central issue is still very much over whether over whether or not if you bought something you have the right to make it work the way you want it to.





April 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

No! They are not being sued for figuring out how to jailbreak the PS3.
The lawsuit is entirely about the fact that they distributed the technique used to jailbreak the PS3.
Major difference.
Go back to Journalism School!


Bruce Gorton

April 6, 2011 at 8:22 am


I take your point, but the issue is still whether or not you should be allowed to jailbreak your PS3.

Making the information available on how to implement a hack which only allows for homebrew applications is not something that I think should be illegal – and given what I have read about it, I have serious doubts that outside of California it is.


Peter Sakes

April 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

This case sets a dangerous precedent and Sony in particular has a track record for poor ethics when dealing with consumers.



April 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Got it! Thanks a lot again for hleping me out!

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