Originally Posted by Blameless
Being able to afford a team of talented lawyers that gives you an advantage is not the same as buying the courts/judges. I don't think that Sony has specifically bought anyone. Sure the industry as a whole has unfair and overly broad influence because of the lobbying they can afford to do, but that's not the same either.
Not singling you out here.. but anyone who honestly believes that Sony as a corporation or the lawyers they have hired have not had any undue influence to get some of the things they have accomplished in this lil affair are seriously living a naive life or have never had the opportunity or experience to peek behind the curtain of what is big money business.
Sad to say but our legal and governmental apparatuses are more susceptible to being twisted to the whim of large corporations because of the MANY ways they can bring about influence... from "charitable donations" that are written off as tax breaks, to providing "off the books" favors for people in places of power or to the people near those in power...the list of ways a corporation like Sony can create an outcome more to their liking is long and I do not fault GeoHot for recognizing that because of this and the fact that this was going to civil court (which carries a ridiculously low burden of proof and leaves it on the defendant to to prove otherwise), he had neither the means or the backing to take on a company like Sony in this scenario.
Would I say all of what Geo has done is smart? Nope, but he definitely had a very BAD set of choices - staying and trying to fight this in civil court could honestly turn out far worse than his decision to run...
And even if he is merely on vacation - he has a steep mountain to climb in court; and Sony knows they lack the means to really nail him to the wall - otherwise this would be in criminal court... instead they are attempting a war of attrition as part of a fishing expedition in order to GET what they need to get a criminal trial and a precedent they WANT. Many corporations are willing to lose lots of money in trials just to set precedent.Edited by werds - 3/23/11 at 2:20pm