Sony settles PS3 hacker court case

After months of legal action between Sony and PS3 hacker George Hotz, the two have finally reached a settlement.

An agreement between SCEA and the 21-year-old American hacker – also known as ‘Geohot’ – sees the platform holder drop its court case as Hotz picks up a permanent injunction. This prevents him from hacking the PS3 in the future.

Sony initially took legal action on Hotz earlier this year for circumventing the PS3’s security system and allowing it to play pirated games. Throughout the case Hotz denied any wrongdoing.

Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said SCEA’s general counsel Riley Russell on the US PlayStation Blog. Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

Hotz added: It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

Internet group Anonymous recently carried out attacks on Sony’s internet services over the court case. It later suspended its actions.

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