Geohot Has a Successful First Round of Donations for His Fight Against Sony

By , Feb 21, 2011

Geohot has updated his blog, “Geohot Got Sued” with the results from his first round of donations for his legal fight against Sony.

In case you missed it, Geohot is entering a legal battle with Sony because he cracked the DRM on the PS3. Sony claims that Geohot broke the law by jailbreaking the PS3, and they are seeking financial retribution for Geohot’s exploit.

A few days ago, we posted that Geohot put a plea out to his followers asking for donations via PayPal to fund his legal fees for the upcoming trial with Sony. He has closed the first round of donations from over the weekend, and he made bank.

From Geohot’s post,

“Thank you so so much for all of your help, things are looking up money wise.
Expect to see a few more lawyers on my responses!
I have enough to cover my legal fees for the time being.
And in the absolute worst case scenario, we don’t want Sony getting it :-P

For now, the best thing you can do is spread the word
Let people know how Sony treats customers
Let people know Sony would rather sue than be proactive and try to fix the problem
Let people know about laws like the DMCA which stifle innovation, and don’t do anything to fix the problems they were created to solve”

While we don’t know the exact amount that Geohot has raised, it’s obviously enough to cushion his legal expenses for the time being. The wording of “first round” implies he’ll be asking for donations again, which he’ll probably see a good return on the second time around.

Many of you made comments on our previous article regarding this issue saying that you have donated to Geohot’s cause. Will you donate again (or for the first time) if Geohot opens up his PayPal fund for donations again? We’re curious to see where people’s alliances lie on this issue.

[via Geohot]

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  • http://WWW.ititothemes.Wordpress.com Tito

    Sony is lame, they should not had sue him for this.

    • theiphonemodster

      Its just another stupid law. Like if you burn your own money you can get charged.

    • CDXX

      Id donate, but im broke myself… how about i (we) click a few ads here and you guys donate?

  • Junior

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT IF HE JAILBROKE HIS PS3 TO HACK OTHER PEOPLE OR WHILE PLAYING ONLINE I HOPE HE LOOSES CUZ THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING A HACKER! BUT IF NOT THEN I WISH HIM THE BEST.

    • soccerkrzy

      Thanks for your input moron.

    • William

      This lawsuit is NOT about whether hacker breaks the laws;
      it’s about whether you actually OWN the device you bought.
      Imagine you bought a Dell or HP desktop, and you get sued for upgrading/changing its hardware or deleting some of the crapwares the manufacturer put into the system.

    • Burge

      You need to find out why before you make comments…@Junior…he is not hacking anyone ps3 but he’s own..why because it’s his..not Sony’s

    • neal

      VERY CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENT FROM A VERY INFORMED INDIVIDUAL!! NOT!!!

    • http://tipb.com Guillermo

      Junior is stupid

    • http://www.Cornerstar.com Cornerstar31

      You are an idiot, he just jailbroken his own device. With an iPhone this is legal, so why would it be illegal for a Playstation. Just donated €750,- for this cause, I think freedom of use of your own property is worth at least 10% of your monthly income. If you like to use your coffee machine for making pancakes, and redesign it, and don’t want to be sued for that, i’ll say to you do the same, and don’t be an Arse

    • Mr Felix 4

      If u don’t kno about geohot u should google him.this kid is the reason why I have an iPhone ,iPhone 3G,iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 for T-Mobile.And now he will be the reason for Sony’s deduction sale’s on the PS3.. P.S damn I should of bought the Xbox360 instead

    • iKing

      If u jailbreak your iPhone u shouldn’t be against this man at all. I would say he help 3rd party developers better the iPhone and he MADE apple improve the iPhone. If apple wanted to they could’ve did the same in 2007.

    • James

      DID YOU EVER SEEN A DICK!?

  • William

    SONY just made a very dumb move, whatever the outcome of this lawsuit might be, it’s going to change nothing, it only makes people hate SONY even more. If software piracy can be taken care of by 1 simple lawsuit, Bill Gates’ net worth should have been a Trillion dollar now.

  • Yang Lee

    Sound like we are living in the communist country, does not matter what you own … Everything belong to the gorverment
    You bought a pc , you own it , but you can’t go to any website you want, you can’t listen to any song or any movie . The police will come to your house and take it away and you go to jail
    We are living in the greatest nation . Sony sucked GeoHot is GOD
    Sorry for my English, I am from China *_*

    • Boy Wonder

      I like you very much Yang!

      Much respect from the United States:)

  • Fman52

    I could not choose between Sony and samsung for a tv. Now I know it’s SansunG

    • http://www.Cornerstar.com Cornerstar31

      Try Panasonic much better see it with your own Eyes. If money isn’t the object I suggest by a Bang&Olufsen or Charisma

  • John

    His work is worth another round of $40!

  • John

    Jr. should be banned from making such a uneducated comment, what an idiot.

  • http://doctorwireless.net lu

    if you buy anything you should be able to do what you wish with it …..

  • Jun@SG

    Ahh die man SONY gg to sue me cuz i’m using mod psp >< hahaha

  • sk@tta

    Sony sueing me for hacking my PS3 wud be that same as Sony suing me for buying my own PS3 and then smashing it in the wall

    • Oscar14A

      so true. it’s not like he’s jailbreaking others, just his but if he puts a tutorial on how to then that might be a problem but if not then he should have the power to do whatever the fuck he wants

      • theiphonemodster

        he did put up a tutorial thats the problem

      • Foffu

        U a dumbass, if tells you to break ur ps3 the final choice is yours so what u talking about. And @junior get lost

  • Varun

    On an iPhone, jailbreaking lets me modify my iOS according to my needs and install stuff that I want through Cydia, not to mention letting me unlock and use my phone with another carrier.
    But what are the benefits that jailbreaking a PS3 give you?

    • AmpliHelix

      Emulators, Linux (in which SONY HAS REMOVED. They shouldn’t have removed it in the first place!), and once someone gets into it, a full-fledged media player which plays ALL formats, like XBMC.

  • Samantha

    I’m done buying Sony crap!
    Don’t wanna get sued

  • Junior

    CLEARLY A BUNCH OF YOU DON’T OWN A PS3 AND WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU CAN DO ONCE IT’S JAILBROKEN. LIKE I SAID IF HE USED IT TO HACK GAMES AND OTHER SHIT WHILE BEING OR PLAYING ONLINE THEN I HOPE HE LOOSES. BUT IF HE DID IT FOR SOMETHING ELSE THEN I WISH HIM THE BEST OF LUCK. HE DIDNT CHANGE OR UPGRADE ANYTHING ON IT HE JAILBROKE IT AND I’M SURE HE HACKED ALSO. JUST LIKE A BUNCH OF OTHER PUSSYS WHO JAILBREAK THE PS3′S

    • Rob

      Stfu With The Caps Kid. It’s Obnoxious And Annoying. If Pepole Want Too Enjoy Linux On There PS3 Again Then Let it Be, I Know I Do. And If You Went On His Blog “Junior” He Said He Never Uses It Online, But For His Own Personal Use. so Stop Trolling And Sit Down

    • d3hne

      lols

  • Mr Felix 4

    I bought a PS3 because Geohot said he’s working on a jailbreak for it .Sony is sueing a man that brings in sales for the company.Apple sold more iPhone’s because of him.I’m not the only T-mobile iPhone user.

  • http://www.antzsurferz.com Jericho

    Without Jailbreaking, iPhone would ‘enjoy’ lower sale. So, for Geohot to kill
    Sony, don’t bother Jailbreaking. It’s not worth it.

  • arnel

    Ban purchasing ps3 until sony withdraw the legal case againts geohot.

  • david

    what are you all bitchin about ?
    just buy xbox 360 and give it a rest !

  • theiphonemodster

    Everyone needs to know whats going on before you comment. Read about Geohot and him being sued. Dont get me wrong im all for him and ill be donating on his second round because screw big corp suing the little guy but Goehot did jailbreak his PS3 and then post a tutorial with the code needed for anyone to jailbreak there own. Sony says there are only trying to protect developers so you can not pirate games and other programs and use them on your system. Same thing apple tried to do with the IPhone. Cudos to Geohot for the awesome jailbreaks i wouldnt have an IPhone if it wasnt for jailbreak it. Both apple and sony make a great product just try doing the same things with any windows based OS.

    • feelthepain444

      This.

      Junior should spend more time reading things like this, instead of using all of his energy “screaming” at people when he clearly doesn’t know a shit about what’s going on in the jailbreak community.

  • msxy

    i hated ps3 before but when i saw on his blog that he is going to jb the ps3 i baught it and waited like i don’t know 3 or 4 month when he said that he jb it but didn’t release, i was upset untill the day came and was …… behind their ass loll . what a kid GEO the best long live geo.

  • msxy

    i like him he is like hassan nassroulah when he says that he will do it he does :p

  • http://solgaming.org Andy

    Wait, didn’t fail0verflow crack the PS3? But Geohot released the first widespread crack? This is a lesson for Sony. They removed features from the PS3 people PAID for. When people asked Sony for compensation for removed features, they refused to pay out. Class-action lawsuits were thrown out. I hope Sony burns on this one.

  • Michael

    GeoHot is a prodigy in the world of programming & hacking popular gadgets, i salute him. For iphone that makes it to the Gadget of the Year, Steve Jobs should thanks GeoHot for his capabilities & partial contribution to the community too.

  • Miguel

    I hope he loose. I can’t believe there are idiots out there donating to him.

    • Michael

      Hope u are a non-jb iphone & PS3 user….

    • arnel

      @miguel- you are more idiot…

    • arnel

      @miguel- you are more id!ot

    • arnel

      @miguel- you are more of what you have called others…

    • arnel

      miguel- you are more of what you have called others…

  • Michael

    Sony should look at a different perspective to boom PS3 sales too

  • George W. Bush

    Are you guys serious, this guy open the dore to piracy. Everyone will be using stolen games. If I was Sony I would have raped him. Stick to the iPhone your retard. Plus I think hes on drugs, OC’s he does not look right. He probable made over $100k from retarded people like you guys giving him money. I have cancer can you guys please donate only $1 to save me? but you would give that money to a hacker that scrued up MW2

    • Cappy

      He has nothing to do with piracy. Please stop perpetuating that myth. The key he released (metldr) does not by itself allow piracy. Piracy on the PS3 existed long before Geohot released this code. Anyone who was intent on playing “stolen” games has had the ability to do so. He also has nothing to with MW2 cheaters. Where did that notion even start? In fact, he supports cheaters being permabanned from PSN, and doesn’t use the PSN. The problem is with Sony’s lackadaisical security and laziness on the part of the developers. The MW2 cheaters are rampant on Xbox for a reason.

      If you are intent on pointing blame, blame the 13 kid in his room using the cheats, or blame the developers for not writing their program correctly. There are tons of FPS shoots on the PC, and I can install whatever software I want on the PC. Has that ability “scrued up” FPS on the PC? Nope, because the developers coded it correctly to prevent cheaters from cheating.

      If you leave the keys in the ignition in a rough neighborhood, eventually, your car is going to get stolen.

      • Cappy

        That should have said “are NOT rampant on Xbox”

  • Cappy

    I can’t understand the Geohate. Even if you don’t like him personally, quit being so short-sighted. If Sony wins this case (and the OtherOS class action suit brought against them), you won’t actually own your property. As more and more devices are connected online, this becomes a frightening thought. You’ll be licensing your TV, game console, media player, phones, etc from big corporations who will now have the right to control how you use it, and be allowed to remove features if it pleases them. Want to watch that anti-Sony documentary on cable? To bad, when you bought your TV you entered into an agreement with Sony to allow them to filter content at their discretion. Want to play that new Blu-Ray disc you bought? Nope. Sony feels it’s a security threat to them and has banned it. Enjoying watching two shows with the advertised picture-in-picture function? That’s a shame. We’re removing it. Don’t worry, well give you a choice. You can keep it, but the TV will only function in black and white. If you’d like to continue to enjoy color, you’ll have to give it up. Nice choice, huh? Kinda like choosing between losing your arm or your leg. If you think I’m exaggerating, they have already done this wil the removal of OtherOS. And if they win, it won’t be long before they start exercising more control.

  • Conor

    Hi all,

    I have been reading these comments and some of you clearly don’t have a clue what is going on.

    First of all Geohot EVEN SAID that he couldn’t find a way to block people from using backup managers so they couldn’t play pirated games, so at least he tried.

    Second, I got an iPod touch 4G for my birthday last year and one of the reasons i wanted it was because they are good and i knew jailbreaking was possible so i knew i was guaranteed a jailbreak and free apps and other cool stuff, and thanks to Geohot i could jailbreak my iPod.

    So if you have (or did have like me) a jailbroken PS3 then i suggest you donate because when i jailbroke my PS3 i thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.

  • Saravanan

    Hi guys geohot rocks. Without his jailbroken and unlocked iPhones iPhone sale wouldn’t be this much big.
    I am using 2g, 3GS , 4 because I can jailbreak and use it.
    Jailbroken iPhone has many advantage and applications when compared to jailed one.

    U know one thing because of cracked games or pirated games many can afford it to buy in a cheap prize and so it is reachable to even a small school children so these games become famous.
    Windows Os wouldn’t be popular if it was not pirated.
    To stop piracy companies should make the games cheaper, in a very descent price say a price of a beer.
    Hahaha.
    Piracy rocks.
    GEOHOT rocks.
    I donated 100$ to him and I will still donate him to fight Sony.
    Fuck U Sony ,
    It’s no more ur PS3 it’s mine and mine and mine. :-/

  • josh

    i will donate geohottttttttttt !!!! because i want freedom!!!!! geohot i hope you winnnnnn (im sure u win)
    this is for junior with his crap comment! junior .. if i will smash my ps3 against a wall and then i decide to put a tutorial on youtube or whatever internet site. does this mean you need to do the same with your ps3???? now reply me WILL YOU DO THE SAME?????? didn’t think so… so when he put a tutorial about how he hacked his ps3 thats legall . because it gives us information but it doesnt give us a desicion! only information!!!!! he dont give desicion!!! we give ourself a desicion . and annother thing
    if sony has sue him because of the tutorial he made on youtube then sony needs to sue youtube also
    because youtube allows it. IF YOU ALL READ THIS THERE IS JUST ONE CONCLUSION AND THAT IS
    GEOHOT WINS SONY FAILS LOOOOOOOOSESSS .

  • josh

    yeah!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPXX4WLXW37FZ6LEE7AKMNF6L4 Movers

    Its just another stupid law.I hate this type of law