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PS3 hacker asks for donations, gets them

After releasing code that enabled PS3s to play pirated and homebrew content, hacker George "Geohot" Hotz has hired a legal defense team to keep Sony's lawyers at bay. Sony obviously has more money to throw at this, but Hotz isn't giving up yet - he's asked for donations to keep the battle going, having already spent $10,000 in legal fees.

Hotz (who's also apparently a budding rapper) appealed to gamers over the weekend, asking for donations to help pay for his legal costs. How much he received is unknown, but he did pull the donation link after saying he was successful in raising enough cash.

In his blog, Hotz writes, "Sony has 5 lawyers, I have 2. I'd like to level the playing field and really get some hard hitters in there... I am not being sued because of something I have that Sony wants, I am being sued in order to send a message that Sony is not to be messed with."

Hotz has complied with earlier court orders to pull any information pertaining to the hack from his blog and YouTube accounts, and most recently was told to allow Sony to sift through his PS3 console to look for information "that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation."

Even as a fairly famous hacker, Hotz contends he is "in full support of cheaters being permabanned from PSN," referring to people who've recently been tinkering with Modern Warfare 2's online multiplayer. He says his hacking instructions were only supposed to let people play legitimate backup copies of games they owned, and didn't intend for people to use it for illegal or pirating purposes. Naturally Sony's lawyers called shenanigans up and down that defense.

If Hotz is found guilty, he'll be ordered to pay monetary damages Sony is allegedly sustaining due to piracy and hacking brought on by Hotz's actions.

[Source: Gamespy]

Feb 22, 2011

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  • mentalityljs - March 1, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    @ Mach1920 and SeriousSean The ratio at which people are given/buying knives, guns and hammers to use for criminal activities isn't even close to comparable. They all have multiple, legitimate uses and functions that every single person in the whole world is aware of. Sure, they can all be used as weapons, but when the average, sane person walks in a store to buy either one, their intentions to use it are most likely going to be what they're intended to be used for, and not in an illegal way. Whereas a hack, even the word "hack", is automatically given a bad name and associated with people who use it in an illegal way. @ BellaKazza I think you're missing the point. This isn't about Sony, or any other "big corporation" controlling their products. I agree that once u bought it, it's yours, do whatever, but keep it to your go*damm self! Hotz advertised it like he was giving away free water in the middle of the Mojave! He knew what the outcome was gonna be, and because of that he should held resonsible for his ignorance and neglegence on the whole matter.
  • PretzelBoy - February 28, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    @BellaKazza Your argument was defeated long ago, you're just too stupid to realize it. Piracy does hurt the industry. When people stop buying games, the games do not turn a profit. You may think to yourself "These are billion-dollar companies, they make so much money they don't need anymore." No matter how much capital a company has, if the product does not sell enough to cover the development cost, that is a loss in capital. If enough capital is lost, the company goes bankrupt and closes. Even if the lost revenue doesn't effect the bottom line, the company may decide not to continue with an excellent franchise, or create a new IP, or deviate from the cash-cow formula that has made money. You can say that Sony is raping us in the ass, and they might be, but piracy is a breach of the terms of service. It is breaking the law. It is Illegal. So they took away the Other OS option, what was the big deal about that. (Seriously, what is the advantage of it. I genuinely don't know.) I don't think it was in the term of service that it was a required feature that they couldn't remove. Other OS wasn't a god given right, it was a privelage. A privelage that PIRATES abused to help hack the system. The pirates you love so much are to blame. They screwed you out of your precious Other OS. You and the other supporters seem to ignore the part where Sony has had to react, in sometime extreme degrees, to what the pirates do. Software pirates are criminals, plain and simple. They are not the great freedom fighters you make them out to be. In your eyes you see Captain Jack Sparrow, sailing the seas of one and zeroes fighting for the freedom to live life as they choose. GeoHot did not crack the PS3 thinking "I'm doing this for BellaKazza and all the others like him who want freedom from the oppression of Sony." I'm not going to make some gun or hammer or any other stupid analogy, GeoHot knew damn well that people would use it to pirate software. If He honestly didn't know that was what would happen, then He is the biggest dumbass on the internet without even the most basic understanding of cause-and-effect. I know that I can't convince you to agree with me, you have your own opinion and you have the right to your own opinion. I won't argue anymore with you on this because it is futile. I won't insult you anymore because, quite frankly, it makes both of us look stupid. I'm sorry for the things I've said to you. Lets both be adults.
  • PretzelBoy - February 27, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    @BellaKazza Considering your argument has been lost, we have nothing left to do but attack you... ...Your Mom does not count as friends.
  • PretzelBoy - February 26, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    @BellaKazza Focusing solely on Communists as the greatest threat to the world is old and out-dated. No, no you do not go to school. You go to school about as much as I go to war by playing COD. I don't need to attack you to discredit you, you do that that just fine all by yourself. Yes I am an idiot. The fact that I remember how to breathe is nothing short of a miracle. There is no measurement scale able to quantify my stupidity, but I would be somewhere between a rock and a tree stump. I'm probably the biggest dumbass you'll ever meet outside of your mirror.
  • PretzelBoy - February 26, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    @BellaKazza I don't remember saying that or anything that sounds like that. It's fairly obvious you don't actually go to school. It's also fairly obvious you're some kind of jabbering mental patient. Nothing you say has anything resembling sanity. "LOOK AT ME IM BELLA KAZZA, I YELL IN CAPS ABOUT COMMIES HAMSTERS COMING TO STEAL MY SHOES" That's how you sound, you sound like that.
  • therawski - February 25, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    @Hank34 THANK YOU!
  • NullG7 - February 24, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    Going out on a limb here, most of you are assuming Hotz is evil and wanted people to hack every online facet of the world. Lets think on the possibility that he is telling the truth and only wanted people to dig into solo play to have a more fun experience. Regardless of the reason you got to give him props, this probably took him alot of time and effort to do what he did
  • PolarBearsInHeat - February 24, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    @Acerlux Hell yes bro.
  • waffman11 - February 25, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    Are you fucking shitting me. HE ACTUALLY GOT ASSISTANCE FROM THE COMMUNITY!? Ugh, I hate humanity so much.
  • therawski - February 24, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    @BellaKazza Your police, firemen, schools, highways, libraries, and many other social institutions are socialist ideas. You don't want to pay your taxes, you're roads will not be paved, plowed, or exist, when you're house is burning to the ground you won't have someone show up to put it out, I guess the schools didn't do much for you tho.
  • PretzelBoy - February 23, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Why donate to GeoHot when there are more worthy causes, like the kid with the $1,700 debt to XBLA? :) @BellaKazza What's it like living in 1981, because nobody really cares about communism anymore. You might want to try this argument instead. "If you don't support piracy, then the terrorists have won."
  • therawski - February 23, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    @BellaKazza Haha, I'm actually a socialist, but business is business, remember what happened to that guy who found the iphone 4 before it was released? Also I have a freedom of speech so I GET TO STAY but gamesradar owns this website, they have the right to pull any of our comments out; it's PSN network, not your network, unfortunately Sony's practices aren't very good, misleading, and deceiving (they are in trouble over it). I'm very disappointed over this and that's why I'm acting out, I really like my ps3, I don't like playing with hackers/cheaters - hotz wouldn't have posted that code if he didn't want the fame of it - he knew what would happen and hackers love that kind of ego trip. Neither party is innocent, and if I was a commie, your stuff is my stuff and vice versa, wanna stand in line for bread?
  • ultimatepunchrod - February 23, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    @mach1920 well the guy is dumb for having shared a key that allows people to hack the console. its not a question of his intent. the fact that this guy helped screw over any piece of the industry and then has the audacity to ask for money to help his defense is ridiculous. i personally think that this guy and the folks who gave him money are ridiculous.
  • Ravenbom - February 23, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    Why would anyone give him money? The whole fucking reason you hack the PS3 is so you don't have to give away your money! Whatever, he did what he did and he's legally in the wrong. So why would I throw away my money at him?
  • dhellsing - February 23, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    pff sony if full of bs, they are being charged by the same thing as geo "Computer Fraud and Abuse Act", and they are the good guys?, open your eyes, sony is f*ing u and u seem to love it, u are pointing your rage at the wrong person.
  • therawski - February 23, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    @Hank34 Thanks for getting back to me - I've only seen hacked consoles used for piracy, if someone is using it for development, they are also using it for piracy too. @Modroneman sorry friend
  • Modroneman - February 23, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    @therawski :) Get over yourself and realize that everything isn't as black and white as you think it is.
  • Modroneman - February 23, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    @bengimon85 Well said my friend.
  • therawski - February 23, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    I like how it's no longer about games, now it's about your "freedoms" Soviet Russia Failed because Capitalist is Dominate!!! I AM CRYING TEARS, also Micro$oft has a monopoly are you really going to side with the people who make you pay for your online services on inferior hardware. I PLAY GAMES ON MY CONSOLE AND I USE MY LINUX BOX FOR MY COMPUTER, I use my Xbox 360 as a paperweight that plays Shadow Complex.
  • bengimon85 - February 23, 2011 2 p.m.

    i hate it when people rip this guy without knowing the story, it makes me larf. This guy didnt enable piracy, his CFW didnt enable piracy, but a few people worked out a lengthy complicated process that wasnt even 100% working to get pirated games to work on his CFW. it took other PS3 hackers a lot of work and hours to get pirated games working, they had to restore the PS3 to normal and didnt use geohots CFW, they had to create their own CFW and inject "payloads" into it to make backup managers work, Kmeaw and waninkoko were the 2 main PS3 hackers for a while, they were the ones who eneabled pirated games easily so even your 80 year old granny could do it. Geohot only opened the PS3, after Sony locked it down and disabled otherOS, now because of geohot, failoverflow and graf_chokolo, otherOS is on the way back to the PS3. you guys should be thanking this guy, supporting him even, why? because sony have made it clear that when you buy a PS3 console, you have no control over it, sony have the right to add or remove any feature, fair enough, otherOS might not of been wanted by many people, but you guys would kick up shit if they took the blu-ray feature away with a FW update. Sony are being sued because they took OtherOS away, they are facing the EXACT same charge as geohot, sony are a bunch of suits who dont care about the consumer, at least microsoft made an effort by losing alot of money to make the xbox 360 the best console, whereas sony dug their feet in and refused to reduce prices, they even took features away to save THEM money! screw the consumers. So bitch about this guy all you want, but all this guy did was stick the middle finger upto sony for the shit they've been pulling with Ps3 buyers all this time. I dont see you guys bitching about the shit Sony have been doing? you can all go screw yourselfs :) and have fun bitching about this comment below, i shall look forward to it

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