Sony’s court case against PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz is facing delays as confusion reigns over what state the case should be held in.
The company argues that because the information about the hack was shared via California-based companies Twitter and YouTube, as well as the fact that donations were received via PayPal, the case should be held in the state, rather than in Hotz’s home state of New Jersey.
According to Gamesindustry.biz, California district court Judge Susan Illston admitted her doubts to this claim, saying: “If having a PayPal account were enough, then there would be personal jurisdiction in this court over everybody, and that just can’t be right.”
“That would mean the entire universe is subject to my jurisdiction, and that’s a really hard concept for me to accept” she added
Sony originally filed the lawsuit in an attempt to prevent Hotz and over a hundred other people associated with hacking group Fail0verflow, from sharing the hack with the public, fearing that it would lead to pirated software being used on the console.
Hotz, who was the first hacker to crack Apple’s iPhone, claims that he had designed the PS3 jailbreak to run homebrew software not pirated games.
“The way piracy was previously done doesn’t work in my jailbreak. And I made a specific effort while I was working on this to try and enable home-brewing without enabling things I don’t support, like piracy,” he said in an interview with G4TV.Leave a comment on this article