Sony wins subpoena for Geohot's Paypal records

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  1. Zorua
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    A federal judge in San Francisco has given Sony permission to subpoena the PayPal records of George Hotz, the hacker being sued for jailbreaking the company's PlayStation 3 game console.

    Tuesday's order by US Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero said the information subject to Sony's subpoena “shall be provided on an Attorneys' Eyes Only basis” and is limited to information relating to whether Hotz has enough ties to Northern California to be sued in federal court in that district. Hotz, who goes by the hacking moniker GeoHot, is a resident of New Jersey, and has argued that the court lacks the authority to try him.[/p]
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  2. RupeeClock

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    What exactly are they trying to prove? That Sony themselves donated to Geohot to try and set him up?
     
  3. Zerox8610

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    Sad day.... I was hoping he'd get a GOOD judge workin the case like he had when he went against Apple.
     
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    Yeah. All of Joseph C. Spero verdicts have been against him.
     
  5. 8BitWalugi

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    They're checking to see is Microsoft donated to him. I know it.
     
  6. Oveneise

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    The judge seems to be in favor for Sony. A sad day for consumers.
     
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    But what will Sony do if they find out that Microsoft donated to him? They can't really do much, can they?
     
  8. twiztidsinz

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    Sony and this judge REALLY want this case to be taken out of George Hotz's home state and into California.


    This has nothing to do with Microsoft and any alleged donations.
    They're trying to prove he has "ties" to California so they can sue him in their home state. They're probably going to find people who have donated to his defense fund in Cali and say "See! These people are funding him! It's from California!!". The same as they tried (and seemingly failed?) to do with his Youtube videos and site visitor logs.
     
  9. Gh0sti

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    yea but sony won the right to see the IPs of geohot.com and youtube video ugh this is so stupid
     
  10. Rydian

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    Hm. Gonna' wait to see what they do with this info...
     
  11. ShadowSoldier

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    I don't get it, why California?

    What if someone donated from New Jersey, can't the case be held there? Or India even, or anything. Why are Sony wanting California so bad?
     
  12. XXLANCEXX

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    Because The California System Is Fucked up and the judge is a moron.....
    and I find it Quite Weird that they are winning all these suggestions? :/
    I really am really Skeptical about Sony on how they are winning these Request
     
  13. Coto

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    Because maybe, in california hotz did all the crack stuff (his hometown). And Sony could raise a gigantic claim against him, and how he "hurted" Sony´s HQ by revealing those sacred keys
     
  14. Rydian

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    No, he lives in new Jersey...
     
  15. purechaos996

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    Money. Plain and simple. Everyone knows the US Court system is run by dirty lawyers/judges and bribes.
     
  16. DJPlace

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    things are not looking good for geohot...
     
  17. ShadowSoldier

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    There are some people who believe that not a single lawyer/judge is corrupt.

    I mean honestly, even if you're in favor of Sony and want to see GeoHot fail, you have to wonder how Sony is getting all of this in their favor. It doesn't add up at all.
     
  18. SPH73

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    Experts predict Sony is going to lose this case. They will face further public embarassment, and only increase their already negative public opinion.

    I don't know how I feel about the case, whether they'll win or not, but I will say this. They've done more than enought to make people hate them. Someday soon when Sony bows out of the console race we'll talk about the steps that lead to their demise just like people speak about the downfall of Sega.
     
  19. Ron

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    ...Except Sue..
    Sony will sue anyone helping geohot with these records...
     
  20. Guild McCommunist

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    Well Sega left the market with what many consider a great console, competition just got way too fierce for them. Sony dominated round one against the N64, and by the time round two came around, Sega was facing down an anticipated PS2 successor, the always-present Nintendo console, and of course a Microsoft console. It was a three pronged battle they couldn't win. In this race, Sony isn't doing bad at all. I doubt if they have a downfall, it won't be from this lawsuit or from the quality of their consoles.

    But this will definitely be a big pie in the face to them. Odds are once the case is done, it won't really be news until someone brings it up and we all go "Hey, I remember that!"