Settlement terms between Media-Behemoth Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and George Hotz, the 21 year old superbrain that deflowered the Playstation 3, have been released. Hotz has been permanently restrained from altering any Sony product and any such breach will cost him $10,000 up to a cap of $250,000. Better yet, George cannot violate any SCEA licensing agreements even if he hasn’t accepted such terms.
The latter part of the agreement tries to freestyle and cover off all bases to protect Sony from this very accomplished hacker. According to documents procured by GameSpot, George may not undertake;
Reverse engineering, decompiling, or disassembling any portion of [a] Sony Product.
Using any tools to bypass, disable, or circumvent any encryption, security, or authentication mechanism in [a] Sony Product.
Using any hardware or software to cause the Sony Product to accept or use unauthorized, illegal or pirated software or hardware.
Exploiting any Sony Product to design, develop, update or distribute unauthorized software or hardware for use with [a] Sony Product.
Regarding his court-battle with Sony, Hotz says;
It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.
Refusing to be cowed by big business, Hotz has come back firing as evidenced by the Vendetta-esque statements on his homepage. With the horse well and truly bolted it’s not surprising that Sony shut the gate on their multi-million dollar lawsuit against a smart but underfunded 21 year old. If anything, the focus for Corporations around the world should be how they can pack more features in that give real value for money and don’t restrict the user-base in order to wholly exploit them. Give the end user the choice and the functionality they demand… although seriously, who the fuck used Linux on their PS3 anyway?