Microsoft Donates to Geohot’s Cause Against Sony

By , Feb 27, 2011

Take that Apple! Microsoft has allegedly donated money to the famous iPhone hacker Geohot for his legal battle against Sony. In case you didn’t know by now, George “Geohot” Hotz is in a legal skirmish with Sony because he jailbroke the PS3.

Since Geohot represents the jailbreak community, he obviously isn’t on Apple’s good list. Perhaps Microsoft wanted to take a little jab at Apple by supporting one of the most famous iPhone hackers…

About a week ago, Geohot asked for donations from the community towards his legal fees for the trial with Sony. He had a successful first round, and rumors are that he raised $10,000+ in funds over one weekend. Apparently, Microsoft may have had a big part in raising such a large figure.

We must clarify that it is not confirmed by either two parties involved that Microsoft did in fact give money to Geohot for legal fees. But someone close to the situation has claimed that Geohot did indeed receive considerable financial support from Apple’s arch rival,

“The information comes from a source close to the matter who must remain anonymous that in an attempt to help George win his case, and thus making it legal to hack the PlayStation 3, the company anonymously donated a large lump of cash so he could cover his court fees; remember: only 2 days had passed after Hotz requested the money and then received all of the money.”

This wouldn’t be the first time that Microsoft has reached out to Geohot. The tech company also invited him to develop for Windows Phone 7.

We wish Geohot the best in his legal battle, even if the funding is coming from Apple’s nemesis.

[via Everything HQ]

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  • Pam

    That would earn Microsoft brownie points in my book.

  • JustPassingBy

    coolest thing so far done by M$…

  • Pittlife

    yeah big ups to Microsoft for that

  • AnotherBrian

    To me it would be more of a jab at Sony not Apple it’s probable Microsoft saying they will be more flexible with the xbox. Microsoft doesn’t have a fight in the phone business yet and it’s fight would be Android if anything. Microsoft and Android have more of a fight getting more of their phones on each carrier, Apple just has one phone on two carriers.

    • Burge

      I case you forget the iPhone is world wide… There are 4 carriers in the UK that have the iPhone on there network …

      • VnABC

        And many more in other countries!!!

  • Manuel

    Wow, I was half asleep when I was reading this, but damn did it wake me up. This is a shot at Sony if its true. If it really is, then I can imagine if they help with lawyers too. After this whole thing, I lost a lot of respect with Sony.

  • Weebsurfer

    Either way, jab at MS or at apple; kick-ass prescidence!!!!

  • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com jhovanny paes

    yes now thats what am talking about go geohot and as for microsoft you guys show something 2 me that i never thought about you guys thanx microsoft

  • Heyo

    Nice Microsoft! Great respect for that

  • Sandy880

    Microsoft has a great future ahead….

    • charlesrubowski

      Great future as Geohot whore?
      Pitiful. Microsoft pretending to be nice guys…
      Well that’s no surprise. Microsoft really made a lot of wrong moves lately.
      Sony can be an evil empire but at least they have balls!

  • Doug

    I think this is more of an xbox vs playstation shot by Microsoft. But I guess if you’re an apple fanboy you just try to put some kind of iPhone spin on everything.

    If you love Steve jobs so much why don’t you go suck his dick and then you’ll both die of aids

  • Doug

    I think this is more of an xbox vs playstation shot by Microsoft. But I guess if you’re an apple fanboy you just try to put some kind of iPhone spin on everything.

    If you love Steve jobs so much why don’t you go suck his cock and then you’ll both die of aids

    Maybe he’ll give you apple swag you can give away just to get hits on your site and get people to comment your dumb articles. I use to really like this site.

  • http://abloginthelife.com Paul Zammit

    The reasoning here is simple. Microsoft wants what Apple has with their jailbreak community.

    :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000502322628 charlesrubowski

    Great future? as Geohot whore?
    Pitiful. Microsoft pretending to be nice guys…
    Well that’s no surprise. Microsoft really made a lot of wrong moves lately.
    Sony can be an evil empire but at least they have balls!

  • SoCoMagNuM

    good for microsoft. im not funding him none whatsoever. if he was going against the government laws that made all this possible then maybe id have more to input. geohot is fighting the wrong fight. its the government that is limiting us with all these laws.

    yeah many think that its a device you paid for you should be able to use it as you please. that kool but if you agree to terms and violate them then thats breaking laws. distributing a company’s security code that you DONT own mainstream on the web is also against the law. it wasnt his or yours to destribute to begin with.

    so why would i support a criminal? support his cause maybe but hes still a criminal. that i dont do.

  • Rob

    Woot! Go Microsoft. Smite Those Japanese Sony Pricks!

    • Rob is a ballbag

      You have your head up your arse dont ya… most of the technology brought to the world comes from the orient you fuckin prick.

  • HEAS

    MS is screwing themselves because they are supporting piracy and they are screwing game developers business with sony…They are also telling us that it is ok to hack the 360 and we should be concern of gettimg banned

  • Polemicist

    Before people comment about laws broken or piracy support please back up your allegations with some facts as it just shows that you don’t really understand what has been done or what laws are being walked around.

  • LGgeek

    If true would definitely up my opinion of MS.

  • bonneville1992

    wow, never though MS would do something like this, thats awsome. Have a little more respect for MS.

  • Tim Lin

    This is not just a battle between a hardware hacker and Sony.

    This represents a battle between our rights to use our own hardware against the legal system that supposedly grant corporations whatever they so desire.

    And don’t think that Microsoft and Sony have anything against each other. They don’t. According to Microsoft’s business mix, Sony is one of Microsoft’s biggest client. Literally all of Sony’s computers are based on the Microsoft operating systems.

    Finally, rumors like this is baseless and is often stirred from blogs that claim to have obtained unsubstantiated third party information.

  • Whysonobi

    I hope heights loses the battle, the guy needs to go down. It will be clear if Microsoft did fund him because Sony was granted access to his paypal account. Any one who was dumb enough to donate: Sony knows who you are now. Anyone dumb enough to visit his jailbreak site: Sony has list of all ip addresses they know who you are. Don’t be surprised if you get a court notice in the mail. Jailbreak community will go down and geohotz is done for! Hahaha!

  • Whysonobi

    I hope heights loses the battle, the guy needs to go down. It will be clear if Microsoft did fund him because Sony was granted access to his paypal account. Any one who was dumb enough to donate: Sony knows who you are now. Anyone dumb enough to visit his jailbreak site: Sony has list of all ip addresses they know who you are. Don’t be surprised if you get a court notice in the mail.