Sony Granted Restraining Order, Impoundment Order in Hotz PS3 Jailbreak Case

Sony Granted Restraining Order, Impoundment Order in Hotz PS3 Jailbreak Case

by January 27, 2011

Bad News for Hackers and Researchers, Worse News for Hotz

Today, a day when many PS3 owners learned with some unpleasantness the latest Playstation 3 firmware prohibits a hard drive upgrade on some models, was also a day Sony was granted its temporary restraining order and impoundment order in the ongoing Geohot Jailbreak case.

The ruling held that Sony can keep the case active in San Francisco.  George Hotz, the principal defendant in the case, resides in New Jersey.  He will now have to turn over all devices that hold that jailbreak code, including computers and hard drives, to a magistrate in Trenton at Sony counsel’s discretion.  All other named and unnamed defendants must preserve related materials for the case.  Sony posted a $10,000 security bond for the issuance of the orders.

In making her ruling, US District Judge Susan Illston found that an injunction, citing case law, “is in the public interest.”

The next step for both Sony and Hotz’s counsel is to schedule a hearing date on both Sony’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would permanently bar Hotz from distributing the jailbreak devices, and Hotz’s motion to dismiss.  A hearing date will be scheduled by February 1st.  We will keep tabs on this evolving case, as it stands to not only change the course of general hacking legalities, but even hacking in the name of research.