Los Angeles – Sony (NYSE: SNE) has filed for a temporary restraining
order against a group of programmers allegedly offering software that can
"jailbreak" the PlayStation 3 so it can run third-party software,
according to reports.
The main target of Sony’s action is George Hotz (aka
"Geohot"), who Sony claims is violating the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA) and Computer Fraud Abuse Act by distributing technology
that can circumvent the security on the PS3.
The restraining order seeks a
seizure of all of Hotz’s circumvention technology, removal of related software
and claims from his website, and a prohibition against Hotz aiding others
looking to jailbreak their game consoles.
CNET noted that the hacking activity
around the PlayStation 3 has escalated since last March, when Sony decided to
remove the ability for the PS3 to run Linux or other operating systems.
(DMW previous coverage)