Geohot seeks donations for fight against Sony

George Hotz, the guy being sued by Sony for publishing the private key required to develop a custom firmware for the PS3 console is seeking donations to help him in his fight against the Japanese giant.

Hotz - also known as Geohot - has published a plea for media help to publicise his plight on his web page and we're happy to oblige.

In January, Sony sued Hotz and others on eight claims, including violation of the DMCA, computer fraud, and copyright infringement.

"Sony is lame, and is suing me for hacking MY OWN PS3. Help me own them in court." he writes.

"I would hate to lose this case due to resource starvation, and with the support of the masses, I won't. Lets turn the bully back on itself. This case has the ability to set a huge precedent for consoles and all closed systems to come," he says.

"My PS3 goal has been to provide users a legitimate path to homebrew, which by the standards of all previous cases (or, in reverse), is 100% legal. Sony does not even try to allege piracy or copyright infringement in this case, they allege I did things like play "super mario world, an unauthorized game" on MY PS3. And access MY PS3 in an unauthorized way. Who are they to authorize what I do with my taxed and paid for property?

He adds: "fail0verflow's goal was even nobler than mine. They wanted to give you back a feature Sony illegally stole, Linux on your PS3. It's shameful on Sony's part that they are being sued at all. If you have a problem with pirates, sue them, don't sue people who point out your shortcomings."

Hotz has a new blog up on which he says he's had a good response to his campaign already.