“So Nie” (pronounced like “Sony”) is German and means “never like that.” On February, 23rd, Sony ordered a raid on Alexander ‘graf_chokolo‘ Egorenkov. Alex found the master keys used in the PS3‘s broken encryption system. Epic fail for the guys who wrote the code.
Instead of simply fixing their mistake with a patch (like the other console vendors did), Sony now tries to bully the world into submission. By setting the value of the court case to 1 Million Euros, they make it deliberately impossible for Alex to defend himself in court – just to hire a lawyer would cost € 30’000.
If he could get a good one. Otherwise, it’s just wasted money because a good (expensive) lawyer can get you in jail for damaging the fists of the plaintiff with your face. Repeatedly.
Alex’ response? “If you want me to stop then you should just kill me[…]”
So what’s in it for you? For starters, stop buying anything from Sony, the company which really likes to abuse their customers.
If you can’t live without your games, stop buying new games, only second hand ones. They are cheaper, as good as the new ones, you don’t need to be online to play them. And it’s an easy and efficient way to tell Sony how you feel about their behavior.
Unplug your PS3 and play only offline. If a game stops working, return it. That costs them more than you.
Spread the word. Nothing is as expensive as a bad reputation.
Read geohot’s new blog; he’ll announce donation requests there to pay for his lawyers.
The world is the place we make it or the place Sony makes it.
[Update] You might want to read this, too: What’s Happening in the Class Action Against Sony About Removing OtherOS? I really like this quote: “And the plaintiffs have been following the SCEA v. Hotz case, and they noticed what they believe are contradictions between what Sony says in that case and what it says in this one.” Oops.
- “Sony sues PS3 hacker for 1,000,000 euros, hacker defiant” and related posts (destructoid.com)
- Sony cracks down on Geohot (pdark.de)
- German Police Raid PS3 Hacker House (flyingpenguin.com)
- Sony Raids Prominent PS3 Hacker’s House (techie-buzz.com)