Sony sending a dangerous message to its consumers with case vs. geohotz
This case gets bigger and bigger. You have to wonder with the money sony is paying legal teams, if the public image, reputation with customers is worth it? This case no doubt will make history and set up a precedents for future cases. But If Sony wins do they still lose? Public image and bad press and bulling tactics will surely make news headlines.
Visit the link for the full story: EFF is well known for covering DMCA cases.
Not content with the DMCA hammer, Sony is also bringing a slew of outrageous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims
. The basic gist of Sony's argument is that the researchers accessed their own PlayStation 3 consoles in a way that violated the agreement that Sony imposes on users of its network (and supposedly enabled others to do the same). But the researchers don't seem to have used Sony's network in their research — they just used the consoles they bought with their own money. Simply put, Sony claims that it's illegal for users to access their own computers in a way that Sony doesn't like.
Moreover, because the CFAA has criminal as well as civil penalties, Sony is actually saying that it's a crime for users to access their own computers in a way that Sony doesn't like.
That means Sony is sending another dangerous message: that it has rights in the computer it sells you even after you buy it, and therefore can decide whether your tinkering with that computer is legal or not.
We disagree. Once you buy a computer, it's yours. It shouldn't be a crime for you to access your own computer, regardless of whether Sony or any other company likes what you're doing.
As those courts have recognized, companies like Sony would have tremendous coercive power if they could enforce their private, unilateral and easy-to-change agreements with threats of criminal punishment.
Frankly, it's not what we expect from any company that cares about its customers, and we bet it's not what those customers expect, either.
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