The tech supergiant and the hacker have decided to settle in the case of the PlayStation 3 jailbreak. This is good news for consumers as it's a nice step towards giving users the right to jailbreak and hackers the right to find the exploits. This can mean good things for iDevice jailbreakers as well.
While it may not be the final say, it shows that huge corporations like Sony would rather settle than take the case through the court process. In a joint statement, the two parties announced that they reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of this settlement, Hotz has also agreed to a permanent injunction. Which to us sounds like GeoHot has to stay away from creating jailbreaks for Sony products in the future.
Here is a portion of the statement:
"Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. ‚Äö√Ñ√∫Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,‚Äö√Ñ√π said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. ‚Äö√Ñ√∫Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.‚Äö√Ñ√π"
GeoHot offered his own words as well:
‚Äö√Ñ√∫It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,‚Äö√Ñ√π said Hotz, ‚Äö√Ñ√∫I‚Äö√Ñ√¥m happy to have the litigation behind me.‚Äö√Ñ√π Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony‚Äö√Ñ√¥s internet services and websites.
Our take? Sony, this guy cracked your code or whatever ya wanna call it! Hire the dude! He knows his stuff. You can also bet that Apple's lawyers were keeping a close eye on this one, hoping that Sony would follow through and that the courts would rule in their favor.