SCEA Claims geohot Has Fled to South America

Renowned jailbreaker George Hotz, AKA geohot, has fled to South America, according to court documents filed by SCEA in the matter. Hotz is well known for jailbreaking the iPhone, but his issues with Sony Computer Entertainment America stem from jailbreaking the PS3.

Not only is Hotz in South America, according to the filing, although he has handed over the hard drives which a California court ordered him to, in order to have data collected from them, he removed "integral components" from them prior to delivering them to a third party analysis agency.  The documents were filed on March 18, and say, in part:
Though the evidence establishing personal jurisdiction is already overwhelming, SCEA has little doubt that there is much more. However, over the last several weeks Hotz has engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn – regardless of whether the Court has ordered such discovery or not. Most seriously, after Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral. Hotz’s attempts to dodge this Court’s authority raise very serious questions.
In addition, Sony discovered that Hotz has a PSN account. The reason that is important is that in doing so, he had to click through the EULA, which means that, according to Sony, he has made himself subject to personal jurisdiction in California.

Here's what the PDF says about that part of the case:
The PSN User Agreement also requires that users “submit to personal jurisdiction in California and further agree that any dispute arising from or relating to this Agreement shall be brought in a court within San Mateo County, California.” Id. The user cannot complete registration using a personal computer or a PS3 System unless he or she accepts the PSN User Agreement. Id.

Contrary to Hotz’s declaration under oath, jurisdictional discovery has revealed that Hotz did register for a PSN account. [...] As discussed above, to create his PSN account, Hotz was required to first agree to the terms of the PSN User Agreement and thus he is clearly subject to personal jurisdiction in California.
George Hotz, 1989, from Wikipedia
Interestingly, SCEA first discovered that Hotz was in South America when it spoke to his attorney about the hard drives. It was then SCEA was told that Hotz was "in South America."
Via:  Justia
Tags:  Sony, Hacking, PS3, geohot, SCEA
coolice 3 years ago

Dude.... scary stuff! I understand sony's reasoning to go after him and to be honest, i'm fine with it, but I'm not a fan of their methodology....

I wonder when hollywood will make a movie out of this... i say, 10 years?

infinityzen1 3 years ago

He already came out and said he was on spring break down there. Paid for it November of last year.

Nethersprite 3 years ago

If he were on the run, that's what he'd want you to think. Pay for a vacation and leave a paper trail, then disappear somewhere else. But I don't see why he would do that, because he didn't do anything wrong from a legal standpoint. He bought a PS3, Sony removed the OtherOS feature that he paid for, and since it's his system, he modified it to launch other software. That is the case as far as I understand the proceedings: all geohot really did was void the warranty :P

dodgers2213 3 years ago

[quote user="InfinityzeN1"]

He already came out and said he was on spring break down there. Paid for it November of last year.


well that took the drama out of everything haha

der meister 3 years ago

Sony is going a tad over barod IMO...

inspector 3 years ago

um... sony is being stupid. They just scaring customers away. i didn't think i want to won a Sony product now... Screw sony :(

JOMA 3 years ago

Sony is officially worse than the record companies. Pretty lame all the effort they're going through for this.

AKwyn 3 years ago

[quote user="JOMA"]Sony is officially worse than the record companies. Pretty lame all the effort they're going through for this.[/quote]

Sony became worse when they introduced rootkits into all of our CDs in 2004, remember the uproar about that?

jonation 3 years ago

you'd be mad too if first godzilla hit you, then atom boms, and now the earthquake.

coolice 3 years ago

I dunno man.... The music industry is on a whole other level!! hahaha, 75 Trillion!

3vi1 3 years ago

Just go read his blog. He's in South America on spring break.  There's no law saying he can't go wherever he wants while Sony screams like asshats.

>> In addition, Sony discovered that Hotz has a PSN account.

That's funny, I've never noticed that there was a camera in my PS3 making sure that I was the one clicking 'agree' on that stuff.  I also didn't know that EULA's were legally binding regardless of the stupidity they contain (,

DScheive 3 years ago

lol i like how sont is so powerful that it scares americans into leaving the country! lmao

rapid1 3 years ago

Thats a very good link 3vi1, I do believe I will keep that one most definitely.

rapid1 3 years ago

Just look at his picture you can tell he is one of them hoodlum teenagers (said in my really old redneck male voice)!

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