Thursday, January 27, 2011

Court Grants Sony's Temporary Restraining Order Against Geohot for jailbraking the ps3

The United States District Court of California has granted Sony's request for a Temporary Restraining Order and Order of Impoundment against Geohot over the PS3 jailbreak.

Having considered all the papers and arguments, the Court finds that SCEA has shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its claims for violation of the DMCA and CFAA, and that it will suffer irreparable harm unless Defeendant Hotz's violations are enjoined. The Court also finds that a Temporary Restraining Order and Order of Impoundment are necessary to prevent immediate and irreparable injury to SCEA before the hearing on the Order to Show Cause regarding the preliminary injunction can take place, and to preserve the status quo. The Court further finds that the balance of equity and interests of justice support granting such relief.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently addressed the matter. "That [Sony] can silence speech that reveals security flaws using the DMCA and that the mere fact of a terms of use somewhere gives a company permanent and total control over what you do with a device under pain of criminal punishment — are both sweeping and frightening". Its more than a little concerning that the United States Court is upholding Sony's actions.

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*thanks iclarified*

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