San Francisco – A federal magistrate judge has granted
Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) subpoena for details of the PayPal account of George Hotz, whom the company
is suing for distributing code that can crack its PlayStation 3 game console, reports.

The same magistrate also recently granted Sony’s request for
the IP addresses of all visitors to Hotz’s website, which published the code
that Sony says violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The PayPal
subpoena will give Sony data sufficient to identify the source of funds in
California that went into Hotz’s PayPal account.

The subpoena relates to the
case’s jurisdiction: should Northern California residents appear on the
records, Sony argues San Francisco is a fair place to sue Hotz.

For his part,
Hotz has denied he accepted donations for his efforts.


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