Sony announced today it has reached a settlement with PlayStation 3 hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz, who agreed to a permanent injunction, Ars Technica reported.
“Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers,” Sony’s general counsel Riley Russell said in a statement. “We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”
“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” Hotz said in a release. “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”
Sony pointed out that Hotz was not associated with the recent attacks made by Anonymous. The hacktivist collective launched a series of denial-of-service attacks in retaliation for the tech giant’s lawsuit against Hotz, whose hacking unlocked the PlayStation 3′s root keys earlier this year.
Although no details have been released about the injunction, ” it probably means that [Hotz would] risk violating the settlement were he to fiddle with the PS3 in an unsanctioned fashion in the future,” Techland’s Evan Narcisse said.