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George Hotz, sued PS3 hacker, issues statement via rap

Noted iPhone and PS3 hacker George Hotz has already proven he has what it takes to outsmart Sony (aside from in the court room), and now he's showing he can out-rap the stiff company any day. Hotz has released a new video in which he raps about his legal troubles with Sony.

"For those that don't know, I'm getting sued by Sony," Hotz says in the prelude to his rap. After that, it's 43 seconds of intelligent rhyming and Sony slamming in rapid-fire fashion.

He rips through Sony and its hackable system as well as the court case, saying at one point, "Thought you'd handle this with a little more tact."

Sony probably expected to pull Hotz through the legal wringer and wipe off any smirk he had on his face, but quite the opposite is the case. Still, it's not all fun and games for Hotz - he's already been dealt a huge blow. He has thus far been issued a temporary restraining order requiring him to relinquish his computers and storage media and remove all of his online posts describing the PS3 root key hack.

Feb 14, 2011

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39 comments

  • SOLAMON77 - April 11, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    What a tool.
  • Miles_Endsly - April 11, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    Why bother suing him. hire the retard. Sony, take note!
  • SOLAMON77 - March 29, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    Watch, next week we are going to see a headline that reads "Sony Hires Over 50 Rappers! Responding to Hotz's Challenge."
  • RockBoy - March 3, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    ... No you can not, unless you are reviewing a specific song or album, than you are allowed to use a small part of the song, otherwise it's copyright infringement. Just to put it simple, every song uploaded on youtube is uploaded illegally unless the uploader asked the musician who made the song to give him permission to upload the song. Get it? I didn't mean every time you turn on the console you agree to it but the very fist time when you turned the console you had to agree on the system software license agreement. "It means I turn on a console that belongs to me and I can use however I want it." Right and wrong. You can do whatever you want with the console, physically, but changing the software you can't. End of story. No matter how much you say that "It's my console and I can do whatever I want" you can't mess with the software that is protected by the license. And while you can keep modding, as soon you go online with a modded PS3 you will get banned from the PSN, and if you try to update the modded PS3 there is a small chance of your PS3 getting bricked. So I will say again, you can mod but be prepared to suffer the consequences if Sony sees that you have modded the console. And when that happens you can bitch and moan all you want but you did it yourself.
  • RockBoy - March 2, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    God dammit I already told you what fair use is. "Fair use, a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work, that allows limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship." By limited it meas not complete. And you own only the CD not the music. As for you having songs on youtube, many people have it but that doesn't mean it's legal. As for the agreement, you agreed to it as soon you have turned on your PS3. So you can't say you didn't agree to it because you did update the PS3 few times before the hack came and with every update you agreed to the system software license agreement and that's the same as if you have singed a contract. Now if you want to mod your console, by all means do it, just be ready to suffer consequences such as the ban from PSN or even your PS3 being bricked with the new update.
  • RockBoy - March 1, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Okay.... Let's start with the CD Yes you own it, the CD, the music however, you do not. And why you ask. Because you didn't make it. When you bought the CD you didn't buy the contract that says that you own the music because you do not. The musician that made the music owns it while you only own the CD. And no you can't add that music to your youtube channel because that would be copyright infringement as I said on the last post. I'm sure you saw few videos that were deleted because copyright infringement. Also putting music that you do not own on youtube (example: Lady GaGa - Poker Face) it would be the same if you have put a game ISO or something on a torrent which again isn't legal. Now to the console. What you bought is the console and the hardware but not the software. If you have bothered to read the SYSTEM SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT you would know. Actually I'm going to give you the link to read a bit. http://www.scei.co.jp/ps3-eula/ps3_eula_en.html There now have fun :D
  • RockBoy - February 27, 2011 6:43 a.m.

    Law of fair use includes commentary, criticism, news reporting, research (and no hacking is not researching), teaching, library archiving and scholarship. So yeah. Shut up. You can use a small piece of the music only when you are criticizing it or something else but distributing it or putting it on internet is copyright infringement (Copyright infringement is the unauthorized or prohibited use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works). And since every musician has copyright stamped on his CD you do not have the right to use the music to distribute it on burned CD's or releasing the music you bought on the internet for which you would need a god damn approval from the musician itself. Same goes for the PS3. He isn't allowed to hack the software he didn't make and release it on the internet. If he didn't release the master key nobody would actually care for it. "White paper is for DRAWING nothing more nothing less, writing is for blue paper not for white paper and it's 1000 times better to write on blue paper anyways." Again with the god damn paper. And I will say it again. PAPER AND HARDWARE ARE 2 DIFFERENT THINGS! You just can't compare these two as if they are the same category. It's idiotic and makes no sense since paper doesn't have any copyright from the maker. You yourself could make paper in your house and nobody would bother. However if you try to make a console with the same hardware and software as a PS3 and name your console differently and sell it than you would be in big trouble.
  • RockBoy - February 20, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    @BellaKazza A stack of paper and PS3 are COMPLETELY different things! Yes he did buy the PS3 and the hardware he bought is his but the software inside the PS3 isn't his. You could compare it with buying let's say a music CD from I don't know... Lady GaGa. When you buy the CD the CD is yours but not the music and you can't put the music on that CD on the internet (even people do that anyways). And that's exactly what he did. He found a loophole and got the master key (which isn't his property even if he bought the PS3) and he put that master key on the internet which isn't legal. Now he said he doesn't want to pirate. Complete bullshit! So what he wanted a homebrew. You have a PC for that. PS3 is a GAMING CONSOLE! Nothing more nothing less. PS3 is made to play games and not have linux on it which works 1000 times better on a PC anyways. Sure you can play movies and music on it but using homebrew removal as an excuse to hack the PS3 is bs. Actually I wouldn't mind it really if he hacked the PS3 and didn't publish the master key but kept it for himself. Now only 1% of people will use linux on the PS3 while the other 99% will ruin online games and ruin smaller game companies because they didn't buy the original game but got a pirated ones. Also some more experienced hackers could get your credit card number when you buy stuff on PSN and steal your money. So yeah GeoHot is an idiot. Could've kept it for himself and not getting sued. And for the rap... Wow... just wow. He looks idiotic. You may think he is not nervous but he is. God dammit imagine if Sony sued you and if Sony wins you go to jail. Anybody would get scared even if you could win. So yeah he is scared as shit and nobody can say he isn't. However I do hope Sony wins and he goes to jail -.-
  • fuzz428 - February 16, 2011 12:22 a.m.

    Ok, now I just posted before I watched the video. Let me take your hard work after you've copyrighted it, post it for everyone to use, and claim I'm Robin fucking Hood. You're a smart kid, to bad they don't teach common sense to where ever you came from. You could have calmly talked to Sony and told them what you did. Now you're getting sewed. Have fun.
  • fuzz428 - February 16, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    I just got to say, you are not a hero, you're an asshole. Tried and true. Arrogant fuck too. You need to take your smarts and fuck yourself with them. You know why? You are the kid that chewed gum in my 5th grade class, got caught with not enough for anyone else, and banned gum for everyone. FUCK YOU and your stupid brain. You probably invented SPAM too. Cock sucker.
  • DryvBy - February 15, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    I love my PS3, but I could care less about people modding their consoles. Let people do what they want. THEY paid for it.
  • oryandymackie - February 15, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    Well, better rap than expressive dance...
  • d0x - February 15, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    I love the comment about wanting to murder him. WTF for? He is someone who tests the security of a closed system. Companies need people like him to close these holes. Some day he will make alot of money for a company doing exactly this. So what people can pirate ps3 games. Its not going to become rampant. 99% of PS3 owners havent a clue how to do anything of this stuff nor do they visit places that tell them how. Geohot busted the system open for Linux and Homebrew, i strongly believe that. Yes piracy can be obtained through the same method but is that his fault? Sony put a hypervisor in the system...but gave it no control over signed code. I plan on applying this hack to my ps3 in the future. I wont pirate a single game, what I will do is use it for homebrew. The homebrew scene on dreamcast was AMAZING. The homebrew on the original xbox was AMAZING and still is. Best media center around is a modified xbox running XBMC. If you want to get pissed at someone get pissed at the jerk who pirates games not the guy who had some fun and broke a key. Some people find this kind of stuff fun and since he owned his console its in his right to do what he wants with it just as its my right to apply his hack to mine. Its perfectly legal as long as he didnt use a Sony SDK which he stands by that he didnt. Sony is foolish for taking him to court, they cant win and even if they somehow could it doesnt matter. Damage done.
  • BurntToShreds - February 15, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    The reason that GeoHot is being taken to court is because he found the software key that verifies games or whatever it does, and distributed it over the internet. The software key is Sony's property, and GeoHot found it and put it online. It's like videogame identity theft.
  • zakaweb - February 15, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    What an fool.
  • ensabahnur - February 15, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    I like how he wants Sony to exhibit this video in the courtroom "go on, he dares you" exhibit 79 shown here displays Geohots smooth lip syncing abilities. still, i dont see a difference between this and the R4 and the original xbox and the ps2 and the psp and wii, please discuss via talkradar.
  • Aletheon - February 15, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    Douche.
  • iweartshirts - February 15, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    this guy obviously didnt get enough attention from his parents. he had it made with the ps3 key hack but he acts stupid and posts it without doing it anonymously. sony is going to have a field day with him in court lol
  • Thedigitalg - February 15, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    Lol this guy seems like a laugh, you all need to chill out. So he hacked some consoles, big deal. You're sounding like the record companys crowing over how piracy destroys the music industry. This is nothing, I buy games legally and don't know anyone who doesn't. Pretty good rapper too, anyone who says otherwise listens to wigger trash, obviously.
  • JMAN1156 - February 15, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    @RandyChimp To hack through security would take WAY more hours then a job, he does it because a job is too easy, or he wants a bigger challange. Far far from lazy.

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