According to Wired, Sony has won the right to access the IP addresses of every visitor to Geohot’s website. And not just recently – from as far back as January of 2009.
As part of the ongoing legal battle between the manufacturer and Mr Hotz, the decision by Magistrate Joseph Spero raises, as Wired says, a number of issues regarding web-privacy concerns.
The approved subpoena requires the hosts, Bluehost, to hand over “documents reproducing all server logs, IP address logs, account information, account access records and application or registration forms” for, the company claims, two reasons.
The first is to prove the “defendant’s distribution” of the so-called PS3 Jailbreak hack. The other is a jurisdictional issue and involves the decision over whether Sony must sue Hotz in his home state of New Jersey rather than San Francisco.
Sony also won subpoenas for information from other sites, including Twitter, YouTube and Google.
Update: some of the data will be ‘Attorney’s Eyes Only’. “As a result of this meet and confer, the parties narrowed the scope of several of the subpoenas and agreed to provide for protection of confidential information obtained through some of the subpoenas through an Attorneys Eyes Only designation.”
To be clear: the information gathered will be for Sony’s attorneys, and – as far as we can see – only be used to determine how many people visited the site and downloaded the hack to established whether the trial could be held in California.