Sony sends out DMCA takedowns for PS3 key sites

Sony is continuing it's legal campaign to remove all trace of its cracked PlayStation 3 DRM key from the Internet, issuing Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices to sites hosting the key or signed code based on the key.

The notices were revealed by project repository service Gitorious, which immediately posted a copy of the takedown notice it received from law firm Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP to its website.

Sony's DMCA takedown notice claims that the listed sites, which use Gitorious's service to host files related to homebrew and third-party firmware on the PlayStation 3, are breaching its copyright - and demand their immediate removal under the Safe Harbour provisions in the DMCA. By ignoring the demand, Gitorious - and others - risk becoming 'knowing' infringers in any resultant lawsuit.

"Norwegian law commands us to respond to such notices by removing potentially copyright infringing content until it’s legality can be fully clarified," said Gitorious's Christian Johansen in a statement. "For that reason, some of you have just now had your repositories removed from Gitorious – you should also have received an email explaining why.

"Please note," Johansen goes on to explain, "that the takedown notice also calls for Gitorious to disclose identities and private data about the users in question. According to our attorney we are not required under Norwegian law to provide such information, and will not comply to this part of the notice."

Despite the impossibility of putting the genie back in the bottle, it appears that Sony is going to continue to chase this through the courts - and with the hackers and tinkerers unlikely to give up their latest toy, this is unlikely to be the last of the DMCA notices.