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Sony, Hotz settle PS3 hacking lawsuit

Hotz consents to permanent injunction, claiming "it was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier"

Sony Computer Entertainment and George Hotz have settled their hacking legal dispute, according to a joint statement.

Sony had been taking legal action against Hotz for publishing and distributing security circumvention for the PlayStation 3.

Hotz has now consented to a permanent injunction and said that "it was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I'm happy to have the litigation behind me." He added that he is not involved in any of the recent attacks on Sony websites and services.

Those attacks are from a loose collective of hackers linked to Anonymous - the settlement between Hotz and Sony was agreed in principle on March 31, days before Anonymous threatened Sony for its legal actions against Hotz and other notorious hackers.

Said Riley Russell, general counsel for SCEA: "Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal."

Despite a press release focused on cooperation, Hotz has now said he is boycotting all Sony products in the future.

Sony has not revealed any details of its pursuit of hacking group fail0verflow, which it was also taking legal action against at the same time as George Hotz.

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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