George Hotz(PS3 hacker who is being sued by Sony) regardless of the unfinished court case with Sony has left the country and is now in South America. This dude is nuts lol.
George Hotz was the original hacker who cracked the PS3 and gave out the hack to thousands of people. The hack allows PS3 users to tamper with online games and play burned versions of PS3 games. Recently Sony pursued Hotz is a major lawsuit which has been going on for quite some time.
Hotz felt he was untouchable by the law, he claimed he never registered for a PSN account and therefore never agreed to any of Sony’s terms of service. By not agreeing to the terms he was able to tamper with the internal structure of his PS3 legally without any repercussions. Previously Sony only pursued this case because of his sharing of the PS3 hack with other users.
Sony recently discovered, after a court order to obtain Hotz’s PS3, record of his PS3 registered with their Play Station Network data base. Which means Hotz actually did agree to the terms of service and personal tampering of his PS3 was illegal. Sony said this within the suit,
The PlayStation Network (“PSN”) is an entertainment network that supports online
gameplay and PS3 System connectivity. Declaration of Kenneth Law (“Law Decl.”), ¶2.
SCEA provides consumer service and support for the PSN in the United States out of its
office in Foster City, California. Declaration of Jennifer Y. Liu (“Liu Decl.”), ¶4. A PSN
account can be created either using the PS3 System or a personal computer. Law Decl.,
¶3. In either case, a user creating a PSN account is asked to provide the following
information: a valid email address, date of birth, a unique username and password, the
user’s first and last name, a physical address, and the country in which the user lives. Id.
During the account creation process (through either a PS3 System or personal
computer), the user is presented with the PSN Terms of Service and User Agreement
(“PSN User Agreement”) and required to either “accept” or “deny” the PSN User
Agreement by clicking a corresponding button. Id. The PSN User Agreement specifies
that the user has entered a binding agreement with SCEA if he or she chooses to accept
it. Id. The PSN User Agreement also requires that users “submit to personal jurisdiction
in California and further agree that any dispute arising from or relating to this Agreement
shall be brought in a court within San Mateo County, California.” Id. The user cannot
complete registration using a personal computer or a PS3 System unless he or she
accepts the PSN User Agreement. Id.
Contrary to Hotz’s declaration under oath,3 jurisdictional discovery has revealed
that Hotz did register for a PSN account.
Hotz lied under oath and had been a member of the PSN which basically means he is fucked. Hotz is now in Argentina. Hopefully he comes back soon he does have a court case on April 8th. Seriously doubt he is coming back.