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Geohot and Sony reach settlement in Court Case

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Geohot and Sony reach settlement in Court Case
Today in a joint statement, George Hotz aka Geohot and Sony have settled their court case, here is the official announcement coming from the Playstation blog posted by Patrick Seybold, director of corporate communications and social media for Sony:

Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) and George Hotz (“Hotz”) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.

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.

In the action, SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames. Hotz denies any wrongdoing on his part. Hotz’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was still pending before the federal court in San Francisco but a preliminary injunction was issued requiring Hotz to take down the postings challenged by SCEA.

“We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network,” added Russell. “We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

We are certainly glad to have reached a conclusion to a case that had a lot of twists and turns along the way but given the details presented so far, we are also left with a lot of questions. So far we have only seen Geohot complaining of Sony in his official blog, saying that he will never buy another Sony product ever again, but no other details have been revealed so far

What were the terms of the settlement? Was this settlement the result of Anonymous attacks? We are positive that this is not the last we are going to be hearing from this case, but not to worry, as new details emerge we will let you know, so stay tuned.

Article source Playstation Blog

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