do people even read the news anymore? do you even try to find out what is really going on? or do you just jump on the first wagon that comes in?
if you were even in the slightest concerned about this case, or what has "developed" in it, sony is the one accusing him of "fleeing", they are still in the evidence gathering phase of the case, as far as i know, no court date has been set, no jury has been chosen, they are still having litigation that involves where the case should be tried at...
you should read up on civil law, he is basically refusing to hand over his personal property, that could potentially contain private and confidential information. in several motions he has made, he has stated it could be damaging to him and his business associates if this information was accidentally leaked to a competitor (which is protected by civil law, if any thing, the judge that authorized the search and seizure, spero, over stepped his legal authority by authorizing such fishing expedition, and should be investigated)
you argue for Sony's Intellectual Property rights, but what about his rights to privacy and confidentiality?
all that has been really released, the reason why he wont hand over the remaining of the harddrives or information that was previously contained on the harddrives that he removed, is that he is not available to do so, cause he is in south america, doesn't even state where he is at in south america...
it is not like he committed murder, tortured, robbed, burned down a house full of orphans, sold drugs to a 8 year old, killed a family of 5 driving home from disney world with him being drunk behind the wheel...he hacked proprietary software to use hardware he purchased...yeah where's my pitch fork...there shall be a witch hunt tonight!
If a court mandates that he hands over his hardware, then it's not asking him to do so, it's telling him to do so. Not doing so by leaving the country is a flagrant disregard for the law and the court. Which is a CRIMINAL act and not a civil one.
It's a shame that he couldn't have just created his own OS to throw on the machine instead of completely manipulating Sony's code. I really wish he'd done that, it would save a lot of hassle on both sides and those that want to run Linux on the PS3 (the whole 1-2 million people that actually wanted to prior to this).
I'm not on any bandwagon. In fact I can guarantee I've read more into this than you or the majority of his "followers" have. Troll elsewhere mcnubbins.