Originally Posted by Takayanagi-Phoenix
Codejunki may come off a little strong, but I think it's you who is entirely missing the point. It's fine to say that you shouldn't screw with a company's intellectual property, and if you do you are likely to be sued. But on the otherhand, it is NOT fine for a company to imply that you don't actually own the hardware you purchased. You only own a license to use it.
Maybe you can't see the possible future consequences of such attitudes from a global manufacturer of games consoles. But a future where it's actually sold as a license to play and the console is lent to you is where they clearly want to go. A future where boxed games no longer exist and you have to pay a subscription fee for every single game "to sustain the games industry" is where they want to head. The more people who defend their aggressive actions like you, the sooner we will get there.
FYI, I'm not saying Sony shouldn't sue. Like I said, it's you who is missing the point that they sue and add in another 10 combo killer punches.
This isn't accurate.
On purchase you OWN the hardware out right, it's yours to do with as you please to a certain extent, HOWEVER, their software (THEIR) is licensed to them, created by them and marketed by them, to which, you as the end user only have the RIGHT to use. Not modify, not alter, not "hack", USE.
Sony makes that VERY clear.
In the case of Geohot, he MODIFIED, ALTERED, HACKED and then distributed that very "software".
It would be like my hacking Windows, publishing my findings and distributing it...You think Microsoft isn't going to be pissed off when i do this?
Your claim that he's missing the point, is basically saying that our intellectual rights and copyrights hold no bearing...That Sony's OS's aren't theirs even though you sign an agreement and that plagiarism is okay because, you get what you paid for...That's just completely off base.