Originally Posted by XNine
And you seem to be someone that doesn't know what they're talking about. It'd be nice if one, just ONE of you Geohot humpers stopped drinking the koolaid and actually knew what was going on before you come on here with your worthless bravado.
He broke the law. He exploited the OS and opened up a major security hole. How many times does it have to be said in these threads?
"HERPADERPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP! HE'S TEH INNOCENTZ!!!" No.
Sony are basing their lawsuit on grounds of infringement and violating DMCA laws. The TRO and seizure of Hotz's computer equipment was supposedly because Sony had provided enough evidence that they would suffer "irreparable harm" if the jailbreak continued to be distributed. It's just another case of a multinational corporation using the umbrella of the DMCA laws to try to make a case for further limiting ownership/fair use rights and blurring the line between what you actually own and to what extent you're limited to do what it is you want to do on something you fully paid for.
Exposing the security flaw and exploiting the OS had nothing to do with this. Those were already inherently present within the PS3.
What Hotz is now fighting for is essentially his personal right to do what he did. Let's put it this way; Hotz has every right to tinker with the OS of the console he paid for. So does each individual. In reality, there is no way Sony could stop you from doing this.
Once Hotz released the keys to the masses, THEN they had a problem, as root access and full manipulation of the PS3 by thousands of owners brings about good, but also brings about the ability to do some "bad" things. Regardless, the ability to jailbreak lies with the individual, and should be perceived as a right to do should the owner choose to.
This really is no different than so many hacks, mods, etc. that most OCN'ers partake in today. It's just an issue because consoles have always been seen as "closed systems," and this jailbreaking issue brings to light some of the negative aspects of opening up these closed systems. It still doesn't mean that choosing to manipulate a product you own in a way that you want to is illegal.
Which brings me to the "worthless bravado" part of your post, but i'll digress.