Geohot Asks Fans for Donations to Help Fight Sony in Court


George Hotz, known as “geohot,” is a legend when it comes to hacking. His most popular tools released include purplera1n, blackra1n, and limera1n. He was the first to unlock the original iPhone. He is seen as an “iPhone god” by many around the world.

But this time around he’s in some major legal trouble with Sony over his hacking of the PS3. We first shed light on this with his rap response to Sony, which now has over 1 million views on YouTube.

George started a new blog, to ask for support and donations. Here are a few excerpts from his page:

Media, I need your help. This is the first time I have ever asked. Please, if you support this cause, help me out and spread the word.
I want, by the time this goes to trial, to have Sony facing some of the hardest hitting lawyers in the business.
Together, we can help fix the system

Sony sued the wrong guy
I am an advocate against mass piracy, do not distribute anyone’s copyrighted work but my own, do not take crap lying down, and am even pro DRM in a sense. For example, I believe Apple has every right to lock down their iPhone in the factory as much as they want, but once it’s paid for and mine, I have the right to unlock it, smash it, jailbreak it, look at it, and hack on it. Fortunately, the courts agree with me on this point.
My PS3 goal has been to provide users a legitimate path to homebrew, which by the standards of all previous cases (or, in reverse) is 100% legal. Sony does not even try to allege piracy or copyright infringement in this case, they allege I did things like play “super mario world, an unauthorized game” on MY PS3. And access MY PS3 in an unauthorized way. Who are they to authorize what I do with my taxed and paid for property?
fail0verflow’s goal was even nobler than mine. They wanted to give you back a feature Sony illegally stole, Linux on your PS3. It’s shameful on Sony’s part that they are being sued at all. If you have a problem with pirates, sue them, don’t sue people who point out your shortcomings.

Sony are bullies
Sony doesn’t care if what you did was legal, if they don’t like it, they sue. Sony tried to sue a guy for getting his AIBO to do non Sony approved tricks, making it apparent that they don’t really care about piracy, they care about control. In (Sony v Bleem), Bleem was the winner on all counts, but the high cost of a legal defense shut them down. Fortunately, that suit helped set precedent on the legality of emulators. I would hate to lose this case due to resource starvation, and with the support of the masses, I won’t. Lets turn the bully back on itself. This case has the ability to set a huge precedent for consoles and all closed systems to come. The other two should be begging Sony to back off.

Check out George’s interview with G4TV:

Seems like George is in for one long legal fight. If ‘geohot’ has helped you before in the past, maybe this is the time to step in and help him out too. You can check out his blog here.

[ via @senators24]


  • Colt

    Geohot we got your back dude…i use limerain to jailbreak my phone and love it,ill donate for your defence..goodluck!

  • Fragilityg4

    He’s screwed. No matter how many donations he gets he won’t be able to overcome Sonys army of lawyers.

  • Yannises

    we will help you

  • I will donate to pay for a hair cut, maybe threading of the eyebrows.
    MAYBE to fight sony… But the truth is thats the nature of the business.
    thats one of the reasons I got out of developing PSP mods and CFWs.

    Risk Started getting higher, Fans started getting more “Gimmie this, gimmie that” with little to no thank you’s. just wasn’t worth putting my ass on the line, and getting nothing in return lol

  • AnonymousGuy

    Sony can sue him, but it’s a stupid move on their part because it’s not like he’s a millionaire. They won’t get much, if anything out of him. Their high paid lawyers will be happy though.

  • AnonymousGuy

    By the way, with all this exposure, there are lots of good lawyers that would be more than willing work on his case, pro-bono.

  • Ajay

    honestly, with out this guy, the iphone woudnt be soo successful.

    for all yall with jailbroken/modded devices, just help this man out and donate

  • User78b

    Not impressed with Sony’s move. My support is to NOT support Sony, not their TVs, mp3 player, phones, laptops, or anything with their name on it. Wonder how big this community really is and how much of a voice it has…..

  • KnightFire

    Don’t tell me you made PSP mods and CFWs just to get something in return and put your ass on the line – if it wasn’t a fun challenge you would have never done so in the first place. Something changed, the Gimmie givers got to you, or you just lost interest in the platform, but I don’t believe the heat just got to be too much for you. As with Wikileaks, or Egypt, and now other countries, there has to be that one that sticks their neck on the line and be that squeeky wheel. I’ve sent Geohot some support, and thank you for your prior support of the PSP.

  • Meh it is what it is. What happens now I care not. We all have problems,
    just get a glass of whisky and deal with them lol

    Sent from my HTC Phone

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