Sony-enemy number one, modder George “GeoHot” Hotz, is requesting donations from fans and supporters of the mod-scene to fund his defence against the Japanese electronic giant’s legal action against him. Already tallying up the prodigious sum of $10,000*, George wants “to have Sony facing some of the hardest hitting lawyers in the business.”
Within hours, Hotz announced that the “first round” of funding had ended.
Hotz goes on to explain why he is doing what he’s doing, claiming Sony are “bullies” and should focus on fixing the problem and not suing him. An advocate against mass piracy, the hacker claims mod team and Custom Firmware authors fail0verflow’s goal was “even nobler than mine,” as they wanted to give back to consumers something (OtherOS) that Sony illegally “stole” from their customers.
Would Hotz be content to settle with SCEA? Apparently he would consider it, though we doubt Sony would comply with his demands to “include OtherOS on all PS3s and [issue] an apology on the PlayStation blog for ever removing it.”
Finally, Hotz admits that his recent rap (inserted below just one more time because, well, it’s amazing), was an attempt at humour but that he does take these legal wranglings “very seriously,” and is hence asking for people’s support. Claiming he was close to quitting the hack scene last June, he says how such a retreat would set a dangerous precedent in the hacking community that all big companies have to do to stop them is issue a writ. Ominously, the renown security circumvention expert went on to state:
I will be the first person in line on the launch date of the Xperia Play, and itching to get my hands on the Next GEOHOT Project.
*That’ll get a couple of hours with some of the “hardest hitting lawyers in the business” and maybe a nice lunch.