Sony has been very busy at work, since winning their Temporary Restraining Order against George Hotz. The Sony hitmen have been targeting the next tier of PS3 devs, by issuing DMCA takedown notices
to a number of high profile devs. They've now targeted such people as graf_chokolo
, and Kakaroto!
For those of you unfamiliar with DMCA takedown notices, the DMCA or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is a set of laws in the United States that allows company's to protect their digital copyrights. Sony is sending out letters and emails to the websites which host these developers projects, such as gitHub. Since these websites don't want to get sued over one user's suspected violations, they end up removing the content in question, generally without even investigating.
The first to go down was the professor at Carnegie Mellon
, who had placed a mirror of geohot's original website, complete with keys. He decided to exercise some caution, and removed the site voluntarily, before even receiving a notice.
1/27/2011 Update: Judge Illston has granted the TRO against George Hotz despite the venue issue still being contested by Hotz's attorney. And I'm out of town. Since CMU has a west coast campus in California and is therefore subject to her jurisdiction, I have disabled my mirror until I can get back to Pittsburgh and look more closely at the current state of things.
Developers all around the PS3 scene started receiving DMCA takedown notices, starting with kmeaw
, famous for his custom firmware.
< kmeaw > I have just received a DMCA takedown notice
posted on XorLoser's blog
regarding his DMCA takedown, but he doesn't seem too concerned.
Kakaroto recently tweeted about his DMCA takedown:
January 29, 2011 at 2:04 am
SONY took down my GIT repo :-) Who still needs my source code just email me and i will upload it for you :-) Still working on ENCDEC reversing :-) It’s fun :-)
Looks like github has received DMCA takedown and my repository are now unavailable Twitter