Sony to Pirates, “We gon’ find you!”
If you’ve visited PS3 jailbreaker George “Geohotz” Hotz’s site since January 2009, Sony’s gonna get your deets. Federal magistrate Joseph Spero has granted Sony the right to subpoena Bluehost, Hotz’s web provider, giving them access to “documents reproducing all server logs, IP address logs, account information, account access records and application or registration forms” as well as “any other identifying information corresponding to persons or computers who have accessed [www.geohot.com].”
Furthermore, Sony has access to YouTube, Google and Twitter data linked to Hotz and his followers. Sony claims the subpoenaed information will be used as proof that Geohot did distribute information on how to hack the PS3 and determine where best to hold the court hearing. Hotz resides in New Jersey, but Sony would rather sue him in San Francisco because they claim most of the hack downloads occurred in Northern California.
Corynne McSherry, staff attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation called the subpoenas “overly broad” and said to Magistrate Spero “I think the these subpoenas, the information they seek, is inappropriate.”
The most recent post on Hotz site reads: “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.”
To be sure, piracy is wrong, but Hotz didn’t technically pirate anything; he just hacked his PS3 as he has done with the iPhone in the past. Maybe Hotz should be stopped, maybe he shouldn’t, that’s really up to the courts, but at a certain point, Sony is crossing the line, right?