Sections

Court allows Sony access to GeoHot website visitor IPs

Saturday, 5 March 2011 15:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

If you happened to live in the Bay area and visited George Hotz’s website from January 2009 onward, you may be contacted by Sony’s lawyers.

According to a Wired report, federal magistrate Joseph Spero has granted Sony permission to subpoena George Hotz’s web provider to find out how many people in California downloaded his “jailbreak” files.

This approval, along with any subsequent findings though GeoHot’s service provider Bluehost, will provide Sony with the ability to reproduce “all server logs, IP address logs, account information, account access records and application or registration forms” through the site’s hosting.

It will also allow for “any other identifying information corresponding to persons or computers who have accessed or downloaded files hosted” through GeoHot’s website.

The information obtained through the listings would allow Sony to sue Geohot in San Francisco, instead of his home state of New Jersey.

Other subpoenas for additional information in the case were approved for Twitter, YouTube and Google.

A hearing is scheduled for next month in San Francisco’s federal court, which will then decide whether Hotz can be tried in California or whether proceedings will need to be moved to a New Jersey federal court.

Thanks, D’toid.

Latest

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

31 Comments

  1. Toastrules

    WOW. This is uh…. hmm…

    I need someone else to put some witty, smart response to this. I’m speechless.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bloodyghost

    This gay? This is stupid? Crossing over his rights as a citizen his system? Going after the wrong guy who didnt want to hack the console for Pirates but wanted to just for a profession?

    Sony is going out of bounds with this one.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. jnms

    This is what happens when corporations get so large.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. AndymanSE8

    Ay, track down those pirates!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    PS4 is in trouble. Hackers will hack the shit out of it.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    or NGP

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    Damn hackers, they never, ever realize that they’re causing more problems then they solve, now new games will require a new update but what about those without internet? Would be a bitch to go home, turn your console on only to find out you need the internet, but I don’t blame Sony for wanting to protect their partners software, I blame the hackers for allowing mass piracy of it.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Bloodyghost

    @7, I do blame Geohot for being Geo-Retarded and putting his tools up there to make possible for this shit so I DOES deserve that but remember his intentions where not to make a million problems for Sony.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. The_Red

    Ok, this is where I draw the line. This is fucking disgusting. How the hell did that judge allow it? I’m not advocating piracy but this is plain wrong and should be as illegal as piracy itself.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    Damn you Sony for using the courts to protect your copyrighted product! You evil fascists need to stop using the law to persecute those breaking it!!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. TheTwelve

    I live there. Goooooood thing I never checked his website. Although a call from Sony would be cool.

    12

    #11 4 years ago
  12. jnms

    #10 There’s a difference between using the Law and abusing it.

    Luckily that shit would never work in the UK/EU as we have laws protecting peoples privacy. But the US has never cared about that.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DeathJynx

    @8 he knew exactly what he was doing. Don’t fall for the “I’m innocent” crap. Burn them all!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    @8
    He’s not stupid. He knew perfectly well what he was doing would open the door for piracy & cheating in games.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Old MacDonald

    Disgusting, this is not a violation of HIS privacy, but a violation of the privacy of everyone else who’ve visited that site.

    Never visited it and didn’t care about it (I have enough money to buy all the games I want and then some, so I couldn’t care less about pirated games), but I decided to do so now, just to give Sony one more useless IP-address to work with. Found it in the Wired-article: http://geohot.com/

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Crysis

    Kind of pathetic to base your actions on spite, do you think you’re a hippie giving it to the man? Well good on you, they accomplished nothing by ‘sticking it to the man’ nor will you.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    Come all you Hackers & strike a blow for freedom! This’ll teach Sony to remove Linux, after they found out we were using it to hack their system, the fucking nerve!!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Redh3lix

    Geohot knew exactly what he was doing and knew exactly what the implications were following his actions. The guys a c**t and anyone defending him should wake the f**k up.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Cygnar

    Sony is well within its rights under US law to make such a request.

    What it is looking for is a list of potential defendants. Sony will not, and cannot, sue everyone who visited this website just because they visited it. I do not know what plans Plaintiffs’ counsel has for this list, but it is safe to assume they are trying to use this information in order to track down people who infringed their copyrights by contributing to Mr. Hotz’ ends.

    This is not a privacy issue. All of these web page uses involve users reaching out over public networks in order to reach a privately-owned server. Moreover, the fact that criminal activity is alleged (or preliminarily established) means that visitors enjoy less protection on privacy grounds, in the same sort of way that police may search people near the scene of a shooting. The mere fact that you use the internet while engaging in illegal conduct does not shield you from criminal or civil liability.

    So many users here have opinions about what is legal or not, but our opinions do not tell us the content, purpose, effects, or scope of the law. I encourage you to educate yourselves before deciding to yourselves that someone’s conduct is illegal, or that a judge is failing to uphold the law. Legal decisions involve plenty of money and responsibility, and so they are generally not as carelessly made as personal opinions.

    Cyg

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Cygnar

    Upon closer examination, it appears that Sony’s counsel requested this information in order to establish in personam jurisdiction over Hotz in the State of California; that is, Sony would like to bring Hotz into a California courtroom and use California law (which will be advantageous to copyright holders) against him.

    Under Int’l Shoe Co. v. Washington, specific in personam jurisdiction requires that Defendant had “certain minimum contacts” with the forum state, and the matter in controversy must relate to these contacts. This principle is difficult to gel with internet websites, given that websites are generally available in any State, and so courts have found that the mere fact that availability of a website in a particular State does not establish minimum contacts to show that specific jurisdiction is proper for the purposes of Int’l Shoe. One emerging guideline for establishing personal jurisdiction in internet cases is to examine the number of website accesses originating from the forum State. This is discussed briefly in Cybersell, Inc. v. Cybersell, Inc., 130 F.3d 414 (9th Cir. 1997). At this time, the list of visitors to Hotz’ website is most critical to establish specific in personam jurisdiction over Mr. Hotz in the State of California.

    The Register has reported on the subject.
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/05/geohot_visitors_unmasked/

    According to The Register, Hotz’ counsel has bargained with Sony and agreed that these searches are proper. Perhaps, then, it would be more proper for commenters here to direct their fury at Hotz and his attorneys for declining to defend the users of his website.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DaMan

    what Old MacDonald said.

    I like how some people believe the laws are there to help everyone, apparently you folks think americans are fighting for justice in the Middle East and the police is there to protect you from the evil.

    if you really want to help a faceless corporation which hates you, well, then so be it.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Cygnar

    @DaMan

    Actually, copyright law has less to do with overseas warfighting than you seem to think it does.

    Corporations have rights like human beings do, and U.S. law recognizes and protects these rights. Corporate entities can, like individuals, own intellectual property and assert their rights against people who infringe them. In actual fact, Sony would never sell hardware at a loss if it had no control over its copyrighted content. The very fact that copyright laws protect corporate entities allows consumers to enjoy products and software they would otherwise never be able to afford.

    While corporations have fiduciary duties to their investors that force them to concern themselves primarily with money, there is no need to abrogate corporate rights or copyright protection laws in a case like this. The very same legal tools of which Sony has availed itself in this case are available to individuals. Corporate assertion of intellectual property rights does not erode individual rights; it reaffirms them.

    Thus, there is simply no need for an “us versus them” mentality in cases such as this, which concern rights available to all intellectual property owners in the United States. You may continue to fearmonger and try to conflate copyright law with police brutality, but in doing so you will only spread misinformation and panic where there is justifiably none.

    A fundamental principle of United States law is that rights belong to everyone. I do not know if you live in the United States or know anything about its legal system or principles. But I would suggest that you try to educate yourself regarding the subject before you broadcast your ignorance about it on a public forum.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DaMan

    I don’t think I said anywhere that I support Geohot’s actions or something.

    I went from copyright to those because of this quote (of yours):
    ‘Legal decisions involve plenty of money and responsibility, and so they are generally not as carelessly made as personal opinions.’

    legal decisions involve clever manipulations and presentations of facts, and in many cases bribery. it’s not about fairness or justice, it’s about which side can present and word it better.

    I just find it ludicrous that someone would use the laws as the basis of fairness. and more so, you’ve generalized. if you were referring to copyrights only, then what you’ve just said is fair enough.

    the police searching a crime scene example was unneccesary, you could’ve said that they have the rights to protect what’s rightfully theirs.

    although, i still fail to see how it justifies something mentioned above though anyway, you have the right to browse whatever the site you want, without someone’s permission.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Shonak

    It’s his console and he can do whatever the fuck he wants with it. That’s that. Publishing something then to get something back that was before a component of the product they sold (Linux) is not that bad too. I don’t know if he is a pirate or not, but at least I know he’s damn smart just like graf_somethinganything. Honestly, I don’t care about pirates that much but I am pretty sure that there are better ways to ensure that people buy your product than stealing it, for example by not acting like a complete bunch of douchebags, suing and threating everything that doesn’t obey and basically just thinking that your customers are idiots – which we are, I guess, maybe, but then corporations are evil and god doesn’t exist apparently. I’m drunken and go to bed now. Just saying one more line – just because something is in the law doesn’t mean its right (still Kudos to Cyngar for his informative comments). Basically its easy: Sony sold the PS3 with Linux, they locked it (or removed it, dunno know – don’t own a PS3), he wants it back. That doesn’t sound so bad to me, does it?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    @Shonak, by using software you’re usually agreeing to a certain legally binding set of terms and conditions. These usually include clauses regarding things like unauthorized copying and modification and bypassing security measures etcetera. So although technically speaking he can do pretty much whatever the fuck he wants with the machine, when he starts fucking about with the software we’re talking about a very different can of worms.

    Not that I’m defending Sony or their approach in this matter, but they do have a legitimate grievance that the law (for right our for wrong) allows them to prosecute for.

    Personally I think the majority of laws surrounding copyright, intellectual property, patents and the like are wrapped in so much bullshit the whole package just fucking stinks, but that’s just me.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Cygnar

    @DaMan

    I am sure it is easy to denounce a profession you do not know about as “corrupt.” However, in the U.S., attorneys are held to a high professional and moral standard. In practice, if my opponent’s lawyer bribed a judge to win a case, it would be a dream come true. I would report that lawyer to the bar, have him taken off the case, and ensure that he not only loses the case, but that he also pays my legal fees, becomes embroiled in a malpractice suit from his own client, and loses his legal license. Judges are held to an even higher standard. In any case, the various bar associations’ disciplinary systems are designed to ensure that cheating is punished severely, not only with losses of individual cases–but with losses of entire careers. If you are not familiar with the Rules of Professional Conduct, or their stringent requirements, you are simply not familiar with the system that effectively keeps corruption out of our courts of law.

    Notwithstanding the overwhelming effectiveness of the state-level disciplinary system, the assertion that money somehow decides suits is as popular as it is inaccurate. Money buys the counsel of better-versed attorneys who know what they are talking about, or more highly-esteemed attorneys who are known to imagine and articulate novel arguments. But these are matters of skill, not money. It is unfortunate that not all lawyers are as skilled as one another, but ordinary people like you and me do not lose out because of incompetent attorneys. We have the safeguard of malpractice suits to ensure that our counsel perform adequately in their capacities as representatives and advisors. This does not mean, however, that skill or money can determine what the law says, means, or requires. In a losing case, it is a lawyer’s responsibility to counsel her client as to how best to reduce costs and liability–and this may mean settling rather than fighting to the bitter end.

    However, even if a bribe successfully swayed a judge’s opinion, judges do not merely make decisions. They must provide opinions with reasoning that can survive critical evaluation under appeal. No judge in this country has the power to unilaterally create, modify, or destroy law, and as such, even if corruption were a major problem in the U.S. legal system (it is not), the resulting opinions would collapse the moment they are brought under inspection because monetary gain would underlie their substance, not cogent reasoning. Judges who issue bad opinions, if in any elected position, risk losing their careers to the political process for promulgating bad law, and likewise they are susceptible to ethical codes which are designed and tempered over centuries of practical application to eradicate corruption at all levels of judicial activity and review. These measures remain highly effective, and the United States remains as one of the countries with the most respected legal systems in the world. No one claims that it is perfect, but it reflects the interests of millions of people and legal entities of all shapes and sizes, all of whom have interests worthy of governmental protection.

    Not that this should stop you from wearing a tin foil hat and cowering in fear whenever anything larger than you has responsibilities or rights. However, you should put more effort into understanding what you criticize. You may be surprised what you learn if you discard these paranoid assumptions about the government and corporate entities. Everyone has problems, and they are all entitled to resort to legal remedies when possible.

    However, none of this relates to the main point. All visitors of the site have the right to do so. Sony cannot sue anyone for merely visiting the website in question. It is attempting to establish personal jurisdiction and perhaps to identify which visitors have infringed its intellectual property rights. This action infringes on no individual rights. Sorry.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DaMan

    err look, Cygnar, you aren’t going to persuade me that the modern law system is a good idea. be it US or not, actually most if not all are based on that anyone has the ‘rights’, be it a huge entity, or a little man. while you have the rights you’re playing by the rules, and the system is nothing but a collection of opinions from those who created it. then again, you yourself said noone claims it’s the God’s will.

    I wasn’t ‘denounc’ing anything. the implication wasn’t that it’s ‘corrupt’, it was that it’s unfair. It’s not the lawyers (the ones that are good do deserve respect, it takes immense skills). Its the system. In fact, i don’t think you ‘ll meet lots of lawyers enjoying all those laws.

    the bribes were absolutely the additional point. I wasn’t saying it happens in lots of cases, fyi where I live it’s not that easy to do either. in fact, it’s not that easy to do even outside of the lawyers.

    I have no paranoid assumptions, I just spent enough time witnessing the work of a corporate system, I don’t know, perhaps you’re waiting for some links to docs and page long essays, I don’t think it’s that appropriate here, besides people have different visions of a plausible society, right.

    anyway,

    sorry but I disagree. you have the right to visit the site while having absolutely zero obligations to help (in this case) Sony. seems odd that you say it infringes no individual rights, when they disclose your private information. perhaps it would be a good idea if Sone visited people across the country, and took a look at their PS3s, as well as the way they hook it up?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DaMan

    * actually, to correct one thing there: I did say ‘in many cases’, it was a hyperbole.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. ududy

    Cygnar, let’s not forget that, when making and interpreting the laws, rich corporations usually have much greater clout than the sum of individuals concerned with those laws. they also have more money to pay law and marketing people to “educate” people about their slant on right and wrong. Laws are made by the powerful, and the consequences of growing economical inequality is justice that is becoming more and more unbalanced.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Shonak

    @freedom_stain: “by using software you’re usually agreeing to a certain legally binding set of terms and conditions.” Yes, I know that of course, and I think that’s wrong, kinda. I never read those things for games anyway, scroll down and click okay. Here in Austria as well as Germany many people have problems with this kind of AGBs (dunno know the english word for it, sorry -> common business terms, maybe?), so e.g. websites sue people because of the AGBs although they have a big disclaimer on their website saying that it is for free. My brother himself had a problem with one of those “companies”, my father told them to fuck off. Anyway, my point is: It’s in the contract, but customers usually don’t give a fuck about contracts as far as I see it. Otherwise we wouldn’t have so many problems with rate payment in the recent years etc. A hacker of course gives even less crap about it. Geohot mentioned on his site the hacker manifesto and I think its kinda cool how they act. I am surely no genius and could of course never pull something like that off, mostly because I don’t really care about it, I just want that the console runs good and I can play on it. But they like the challenge and therefor hack it. I think Microsoft is doing the right approach by letting those jailbreak hackers work for them to find out about the flaws of the system. Sony instead just acts totally exaggerated, they even let the german police raid the home of graf_blablabla (I really can’t remember his name).

    Basically though I agree with you and legally Sony has a right to sue the ass off him according to the law and the contract between geohot and Sony. But I doubt that its just the right way to handle such stuff.

    “Personally I think the majority of laws surrounding copyright, intellectual property, patents and the like are wrapped in so much bullshit the whole package just fucking stinks, but that’s just me.”

    Completely true.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. kastasmf

    Year 2013:
    And the oscar goes to David Fincher’s “Social Playstation Network”
    http://img716.imageshack.us/f/socialplaystationnetwor.jpg/
    :D

    #31 4 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

    Sherif Said tackles Bloodborne’s links to Lovecraftian horror, explaining why you should face the madness and immerse yourself in its lore. Spoilers inside. No other game could commit to its themes so religiously without feeling the need to compromise its vision and veer towards accessibility. Bloodborne stands tall above any game that dares attach itself […]

  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

    WWE 2K15 will make its way to PC this spring. WWE announced that WWE 2K15 will make its debut on PC in the spring. The game will be based on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, both of which came out in November. MyCareer and 2K Showaces modes are included, as well as all […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new mod adds snow to GTA Online

    If you’re looking to get some snow in your GTA Online, someone figured out a way. Modder ECB2 created a mod that works with GTA Online on PC. The mod is called “Snow in GTA Online” and it does what it says on the tin. YouTube channel imperfectplayers captured a video showing it in action. […]

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

    Xbox Live Deals with Gold for the week of April 20 are now live with mostly Call of Duty games. Various Call of Duty games are on sale on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Live this week. Indie games Never Alone and We Are Doomed managed to sneak in as well. With the […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: PSN sign in problems fixed in new patch

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Mortal Kombat X and it brings an end to the aggravating sing in issue encountered by some users on PS4. Mortal Kombat X 1.03 patch has been released. The patch fixes bug CE-34878-0, which affected the PlayStation 4 version. The bug caused users to have to log in and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new patch fixes Windows Media Player issue, getting stuck in the clouds

    GTA 5 has received a new patch on PC to fix issues caused by the lack of Windows Media Player and getting stuck between online matches. Patch 335.1 is now available to all owners of GTA 5 on PC. The strange issue that affected those who didn’t have Windows Media Player installed, has been fixed. […]

  • Halo 3: ODST and Relic remake come to The Master Chief Collection in May

    Halo 3: ODST and Halo 2′s Relic map remake are coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection next month. 343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners will get Halo 3: ODST campaign and the Relic remake in the next content update, due in May. And as promised, the April update has […]

  • Rockstar says Social Club wasn’t hacked, account details leaked from other websites

    Following a number of reports from users who had their Social Club accounts hijacked, Rockstar has confirmed that the service has not been hacked. Over the last couple of days, a few users on Reddit and Rockstar Twitter support started reporting getting kicked out of their GTA Online sessions and seeing an error telling them […]

  • That Destiny: House of Wolves teaser is packed with new intel, Reef reveal at 11.00am PST today

    The new Destiny: House of Wolves social space was revealed more fully than you might believe in today’s teaser. A teaser for a Destiny: House of Wolves’ new social space went live earlier to advertise today’s full reveal. But resident Destiny expert Arekkz went over the teaser with his very fine-toothed comb and turned up […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront content not shaped by DLC plans, says producer

    Star Wars Battlefront may have DLC on the cards already, but DICE hasn’t built the game with extra content in mind, apparently. Star Wars Battlefront releases on November 17, and then on December 8, before the launch of the new movie, it’ll receive a slab of tie-in DLC. This early, pre-meditated content drop is a […]

  • We’ll finally get a look at Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 at E3 in June

    CI Games will show off Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 at E3 in June, according to the event’s official website. The Lords of the Fallen developer confirmed the game was in the works back in December as a AAA “production effort”. It is set during a modern day conflict in Eastern Europe and players will be […]

  • Ultima 7 Complete, Wing Commander 3, others added to Humble Origin Bundle 2

    The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has been updated with four more titles. The new titles are for Windows only and are SimCity 2000, Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger, Wing Commander 4: The Price of Freedom and Ultima 7: The Complete Edition. All can be yours if you pay above the current average, which […]

  • Don’t Starve Together has been updated to inlcude Reign of Giants expansion

    Don’t Starve Together has been updated and now includes “the vast majority” of the Reign of Giants content. Players who currently own Don’t Starve on Steam will get Don’t Starve Together for free when it exits Early-Access. During Early-Access, current owners of Don’t Starve get 2 copies of Don’t Starve Together through the Frontier Pack […]

  • Xbox Live Gold Members can play NBA 2K15 for free this weekend

    NBA 2K15 is free to play this weekend on Xbox Live for Gold Members in celebration of the NBA Playoffs. All Gold Members can play the basketball game for free starting at noon PDT April 24 through 12.01am Monday, April 27. Should you decide you want to purchase the game, your progress will carry over […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access and is 10% off

    Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power has finally arrived on Steam Early Access and until April 28, you can knock 10% off the list price. After that, the title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99. There’s also a three-pack available if you want to buy some friends a gift. It will run you $44.99 with the 10% […]

  • You can now grab Killing Floor 2 through Steam Early Access

    Killing Floor 2 is now available through Steam Early Access. Players who purchase Killing Floor 2 during Early Access for $29.99/₤19.99/€26.99 will given free content which carries over to the full release and even more content upon release. The Early Access version of the game contains the following, per Tripwire: Three non-linear levels – The […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves livestream will reveal The Reef social space tomorrow

    A Destiny Twitch stream will take place tomorrow and provide a sneak peek at the House of Wolves expansion. The stream takes place at 11am PDT/2pm EDT tomorrow and will show The Reef social space along with a look at new Vendors. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player arena […]