As the case of SCEA against George Hotz continues, the latest claims from Sony that Mr Hotz owned a PSN account, and knew that SCEA was based in California, have been contested.
Last week Sony claimed that a PSN account under the name of ‘blickmanic’ was tied to a PlayStation 3 console owned by Mr Hotz, and used at an IP address near where Mr Hotz lived. Naturally, if this is true, it means Geohot agreed to SCEA’s terms of service at the point of registering a PSN account, and thus might give SCEA considerable more weight to get Mr Hotz tried in a Californian court.
However, Mr Hotz’ legal team contests these allegations. They say the serial number Sony say is associated doesn’t match that of a new PS3 that Mr Hotz purchased. He also purchased three used PS3 systems, but those serial numbers haven’t been disclosed.[advert]Indeed, a comment apparently from Geohot’s blog sugggests that even the IP match doesn’t necessarily mean anything:
“See, I live next door to George Hotz and we’ve always been good friends,” the comment reads. “At the time I bought the console, I was waiting to be connected to the internet by my ISP so I asked Hotz if I could use his for a while. Good neighbors, that’s all.”
Finally, the legal documents show that Mr Hotz denies any knowledge of the existance of SCEA, and believes the PS3 to be a product of Sony Japan (which he claims the boxes signify). He didn’t even open the sealed manuals which were bundled with the new PS3, which would have stated SCEA branding.
In another document, Hotz testifies that he was not aware of the existence of SCEA, and that he believed the PS3 to be a product of Sony Japan, as indicated on the box and firmware installation. Hotz’ representation even provides photographic evidence that Hotz did not open the sealed manuals that came with the new PS3, which would have identified SCEA’s involvement with the system.