Judge wonders why PS3 hacker is in her courtroom

  • US District Judge Susan Illston is unsure why talented PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz is being tried in sunny California.

    Of course, Sony continues to insist that the trial be held in the Golden State, as Hotz posted a PS3 crack on Twitter and YouTube - both of which are based in California.

    However, Illston said that controversial legal proceedings may be more appropriate in the 21-year-old's home state of New Jersey, where the hacking actually occurred.

    "I'm really worried about the jurisdictional question," the federal judge said during an initial 20-minute hearing.

    Illston opined that if using Twitter or Facebook was deemed sufficient cause to bring a case to San Francisco, the "entire universe would be subject” to her jurisdiction.

    As such, Illston postponed a decision about whether or not Hotz would be required to surrender his computer gear in the context of Sony's lawsuit.

    "[Yes], serious questions have [undoubtedly] been raised here," she concluded.

    Meanwhile, Hotz continues to maintain his innocence, saying that accessing PS3 "metldr keys" and obtaining root access are well within his rights as a console owner.

    But Sony is unhappy with the hack, as it allows (unapproved) homebrew software to played on the Playstation 3 console - which the electronics giant claims will encourage piracy.

    "I am a firm believer in digital rights. I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony's current action," Hotz wrote in an e-mail obtained by Wired. 



    "I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony's action against me doesn't have any basis."

    (Via Wired)

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