George Hotz and Sony team has finally agreed on the settlement of the lawsuit, which was filed few months back against the popular iPhone and PS3 hacker. In this settlement, Sony has achieved a permanent injunction, and it obviously means that GeoHot can’t release any ‘harmful’ tools for users.
An excerpt of joint statement will give you more idea about the results -
Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” 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.”
When asked about the final outcome of this case, he said -
It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.
So, what’s next? Well, he might return to iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking community, as discussed in an interview. iPhone Dev team and Chronic Dev team members have been struggling to find and release a new tool for unlockers. If GeoHot comes back to this world, jailbreakers will hopefully hear some good news regarding the jailbreak and unlock.