U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has ruled that George Hotz must allow Sony access to sift through his PC’s hard drive, according to Wired, in order to find traces of how Hotz managed to hack the PS3’s security.
“I find probable cause that your client has got these things on his computer,” said Illston, although she makes it clearly that Sony can only look for the stuff that’s relevant to the case.
“It’s a problem when more than one thing is kept on the computer. I’ll make sure the order is and will be that Sony is only entitled to isolate … the information on the computer that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation.”
Although hacking mobile phones is technically lawful under the DMCA in the US, other copyrighted works don’t fall under the same umbrella, although Hotz’ lawyer doesn’t agree. “The conduct Mr. Hotz has engaged in is still covered by the DMCA,” he said.
In addition to this court order, Sony has been sending out an “undisclosed” number of DMCA takedown notices to websites that have published the code.
We assume these takedowns won’t venture as far as marketing figure Kevin Butler.