Judge Says No Anonymity For Anyone Who Visited GeoHot’s PS3 Hacking Website Or Watched YouTube Video

An article on Wired covers the opinion from a federal magistrate granting Sony the right to get the IP address of people who viewed or commented on Geohot’s YouTube video of a hack being used on Sony’s Playstation 3.   This is another new area of law and it will be interesting to see how it evolves.   I doubt there are very many people who would realize they could be subject to legal action just by watching a video on YouTube.  The next question will be, do those individuals have the right to challenge to these subpoenas before their data is released to Sony?

A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz’s website from January of 2009 to the present.

Thursday’s decision by Magistrate Joseph Spero to allow Sony to subpoena Hotz’s web provider (.pdf) raises a host of web-privacy concerns.

Respected for his iPhone hacks and now the PlayStation 3 jailbreak, Hotz is accused of breaching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other laws after he published an encryption key and software tools on his website that allow Playstation owners to gain complete control of their consoles from the firmware on up.

Sony also won subpoenas (.pdf) for data from YouTube and Google, as part of its lawsuit against the 21-year-old New Jersey hacker, as well as Twitter account data linked to Hotz, who goes by the handle GeoHot.



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