Originally Posted by EvanPitts
OK, so people are trying to create some kind of difference between Jailbreaking and Console Unlocking - fair enough.
So GeoHot simply unlocked the built in capabilities of the console, so I don't see the reason for this frivolous law suit. Lots of people alter and change firmware and firmware settings. Especially on OCN, where it is the norm. 1. So what, Intel gets the right to sue anyone that changes their voltage settings, or alters memory settings, or whatever? 2. And does MS get to sue you for using Chrome or Firefox, even though they can completely claim that such use does damages to them, because it causes them to loose market share for IE, and that the only way they can provide "security" is to tightly integrate the browser into the OS?
3. It's all ridiculous. Of GeoHot was actually committing acts of piracy, like cloning thousands of games and selling them for his own profit - that is one thing. But this, it's nothing more than unlocking what is already built in. And Sony's claim of "security" is bunk, because if their security is so weak that it can be cracked with a simple software tool in thirty seconds, by anyone, then they should be forced to recall and destroy all of the defective consoles because they are lemons, and offer full free, fully functional replacements to all users.
I just see this as some corporate harrassing a hobbyist, a hobbyist who did absolutely no harm to the corporate in the first place. If there was piracy, sue the pirates. But a modder? What a load of bunk, since it is done all of the time, and OCN is one of the hotbeds of such "illegal activities" - which are obviously not illegal because Intel, AMD, MS and other companies have never sued anyone for modding a system. 4. They even encourage it by offering things like processors that can be unlocked.
Console unlocking != Piracy
Console unlocking == Freedom
1. No, they do not. There is absolutely no demand from Intel that you cannot overclock your processor. The processor also does not have any encryption blocking the ability to overclock it. The entire PURPOSE of building a custom system is to customize it to optimize performance.
2. No, they do not. The entire PURPOSE behind Windows is to encourage software development; it is shared source, which the PS3 software is not. Windows wouldn't be where it is now if it wasn't for the tremendous library of software that runs on it.
3. Geo isn't being taken to court for pirating. He is being accused of reverse engineering close source software and bypassing its security encryption, which is both against the law and against their EULA. The quality of the security is completely aside from the fact. By your logic, if you had a flimsy door lock on your home I am within my rights to stick a false key and break into your home. It would be impossible for Sony to recall every PS3 unit sold as you do not provide any information when you buy a PS3.
4. That right there killed off your whole argument, I'm lollin over here. Correct: AMD, Intel, Microsoft, ENCOURAGE you to modify your systems and develop apps for Windows. Sony does NOT encourage you to modify their PS3; you actually agree not to in the EULA.
Console unlocking ---> Piracy (leads to)
Console unlocking ---> Violates freedom (Sony's rights to protect their intellectual property as well as legitimate PS3 users' rights to enjoy their online games without the annoyance of cheaters)Edited by Stealth Pyros - 2/21/11 at 9:43am