April 12, Sony announced on Monday that it has reached a settlement with a U.S. hacker, which will stop the crack PlayStation 3, while Sony will withdraw a lawsuit against the hacker.
In a joint statement, have issued with Sony Computer Entertainment America, George Hotz said,” cause trouble to the user or the difficulty of reducing piracy is not my intention. I am glad to have settled the litigation.”
Due to Hotz had “jailbreak” the PlayStation 3, so that the product can run unauthorized software. To prevent this behavior, Sony had sued Hotz to the court earlier this year.
Sony accused Hotz posted how to circumvent the PlayStation 3 security system and method of running pirated games online, and that violated the United States’ “Digital Millennium Copyright Act” and “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.”
Sony authorized by a judge ban the 23-year-old Hotz, the case originally planned to hold a hearing in a federal district court in San Francisco, in the United States,.
Hotz has denied any wrongdoing, he also was regarded as the first person who public the method of how to jailbreak iPhone.
Sony Computer Entertainment America General Counsel Riley Russell said: “Sony is very pleased to settle the case. Our motivation is to protect intellectual property and users, we believe that this settlement and permanent injunction has achieved the purpose. ”
“We want users to be able to enjoy our facilities and products in a safe and fun environment, we also want to protect the results of talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers, they produced a PlayStation game and supported the PlayStation Network. “Russell continued,” We are grateful to Hotz willing to solve these legal issues, and to reach a settlement as soon as possible. ”
Sony said Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks to Sony site and network services. Hackers Anonymous was attacked the company’s Web site because Sony sued Hotz, and earlier this month announced on the site’s home page anonnews.org, launched a campaign called “Operation Payback”, to support Hotz and Alexander Egorenkov.
Anonymous said, users of PS3 have the right to do anything what they want, including change the settings. The hacker group threatened to retaliate the company by the way of attack the Sony Web site.