Sony is threatening to sue anybody posting or 'distributing' the first full-fledged jailbreak code for the 4-year-old PlayStation 3 gaming console. What's more, the company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to surrender the IP addresses and other identifying information of those who have viewed or commented about the jailbreak video on a private YouTube page. The game maker is also demanding that Twitter provide the identities of a host of hackers who first unveiled a limited version of the hack in December.
"The game maker is also demanding that Twitter provide the identities of a host of hackers who first unveiled a limited version of the hack in December, and to send them DMCA notices and take them to court if necessary," Wired reported.
"Sony's aggressive pretrial discovery demands come in its lawsuit against George Hotz. The 21-year-old New Jersey hacker, who is well known in the jailbreaking community, published the finished PlayStation 3 code and a how-to YouTube video last month. The code enables the Playstation 3 to play pirated and homebrewed games," Wired noted.
Hotz took down his video and the information on his website, as per court order, and will surrencer his computer equipment to Sony this week.
"The DMCA makes it either a civil or criminal offense to traffic in wares meant to circumvent devices protecting copyrighted works. Ironically, performing a similar hack on a mobile phone is lawful," Wired noted..
Interestingly, LG Electronics lodged a patent infringement claim against the console for its use of the Blu-Ray technology which LG has a patent for.
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