Sony Hiring For Anti-Piracy Positions

Gamasutra (via IGN) has picked up a handful of new positions being advertised for on Sony Computer Entertainment America’s website, including a senior corporate counsel and a senior paralegal role.

The main tasks of which would be “assessing annual SCEA corporate anti-piracy needs and addressing the needs through developing and implementing an anti-piracy program” in addition to “collaborating with other anti-piracy organizations, including those of affiliated Sony Computer Entertainment companies, Sony Corporation and the videogame industry’s trade association, the Entertainment Software Association.”

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The paralegal individual in particular would also be charged with “overseeing anti-piracy civil lawsuits and providing support to law enforcement and intellectual property agencies on behalf of SCEA.”

“Knowledge of online investigative practices and online databases (e.g. how to find owner, administrator, ISP associated with a given domain name, etc.)” would also be required.

This is all naturally in response to the recent hacking of the PlayStation 3 console, the latest developments of which include Sony waking up Germans and Geohot asking for donations – and, of course, Sony’s official statement on it all.

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16 Comments

  1. Surely they should just hire Geohot – stands to reason

    • No.
      No matter how good somebody is, I would never agree with hiring somebody and rewarding them for dealing what could have amounted to a death blow for your business.
      I know the FBI do it, but that’s because they have no other choice. They have to save lives, stop terrorist attacks and the like.
      Sony have to make a profit, you don’t do that by basically giving people who want a job a free shot at your company.

    • Should NATO also hire bin laden?

      • The ironic part being of course that had GeoHot gone to Sony before being smart ass and making his findings available this type of job could have been his. Now he is being taken to the cleaners and a new job is being set up largely due to him.

      • I think the argument from absurdity doesn’t really help or relate here. Before everyone casts aspersions on Geohot lets make it perfectly clear that he has a clear anti-piracy stance. Although this doesn’t rectify the things he has done it should surely mean that there would be some synergy if Sony were to hire him.

        I think it would only benefit real users. For example if GeoHot had worked on the original system maybe we would not all have had our other OS option removed. I for one was pissed at Sony for this. Whatever makes a better and most secure platform I am all for.

    • I agree completely baggyg, hiring geohot would be the quickest way forward for sony, look what frank abagnale has done for the FBI, and now he is a millionaire from his fraud detection buisness

      • You do realise that the biggest fraud Frank Abagnale ever committed was the exaggeration of his fraud and his impact on the FBI?
        Which led to a more-exaggerated book, and an even more overdone movie…
        But, however much he had done, Abagnale DID prove himself to be very adept at many different fields, over a LONG career of conning and consulting.
        What exactly does ‘Geohot’ have to match this?
        A beef with Sony which would only result in them losing face by hiring him.

        And I refuse to believe that he is the best in the business at hacking and security. Merely, he would be the loudest, most obnoxious person who not only boasts about that, but shows others how to do it.
        And if he claims that he didn’t realise it would lead to piracy, do you really want to employ somebody that stupid?

      • I think I remember a Guest Article on this site of a guy who hacked Sky Cards. It got to the point where Sky hired him and the cards became more secure than ever before, because of the hacker.
        Sure GeoHot has done an awful thing, but what better person is the to fox the security holes than the person who identified and exploited them?
        This is just my opinion on the situation :D

      • I think you got the gender of the writer wrong. :)

    • They don’t seem to be looking for people to work on anti-piracy technology/software, just internet detectives to help them build a legal case against any piracy-enablers.

    • Disagree, should not be gifted for a crime

  2. Who ever gets the job has got their work cut out.
    Start by introducing the proposed hack-proof PS3

  3. As annoyed as I am at the whole piracy thing, at least some people will be getting jobs out of it, which in this day and age is pretty great news.

  4. Just make sure, next time the random number generator actually generates a random number. From what I could understand from the failoverflow presentation, this was the reason they managed to break the security of the system.

  5. Should Sony not have already had these people employed to ensure that the situation they are in now didn’t happen. Maybe they could have been on step ahead or quicker off the mark. It seemed like I read a lot of information online before Sony eventually seemed to be doing anything about it

  6. Am i the only person on geohot’s side? Surely we should have the right to do as we please with an item we payed for?

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