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Sony Drops Charges Against George Hotz

Sony Corp. has finally decided to drop its legal suit against the infamous PlayStation3 hacker George Hotz.

Much to the relief of the 21 year old New Jersey resident and his fans, the company let go off all the charges against him for jailbreaking the PS3 device, but only after making him promise that there will be no further attempts on his part to unlock the game console.

Mr. Hotz, famously known as the George “GeoHotz” said in a statement, "It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier."

In an email sent to The Register, Mr. Hotz wrote: "I am not able to speak on this matter without breaching my settlement agreement,”. He further added, “Therefore, I have no comment other than this one. With that said, I do not like censorship, and I do not like censoring myself. Rest assured I am still fighting the good fight, in the best way I know how."

Sony had launched a full-fledged legal assault on Hotz, accusing him of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by distributing the hacking code for the PS3 console.

Expressing the company’s satisfaction with the settlement, Riley Russell, General Counsel for Sony Computer Entertainment America wrote in a blog: “We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal (of protecting the company’s intellectual properties and its customers).”

However, the settlement is still pending to be approved by the US District Judge Susan Illston.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.