Thursday, March 17, 2011

Judge Gives Sony Access to Geohot's Paypal Account

Magistrate Joseph Spero has ruled that Sony may subpoena Geohot's Paypal account to obtain the information of anyone who donated to him.

This is the latest in a series of questionable rulings in which Spero has allowed Sony to access Geohot's hosting, YouTube, and Twitter accounts in their quest to prosecute Geohot for jailbreaking the PS3.

Wired notes that "The latest development allows the Japanese console maker to acquire 'documents sufficientto identify the source of funds (.pdf) in California that went into any PayPal account associated with for the period of January 1, 2009, to February 1, 2011,' Spero ruled."

It's not exactly clear but we are hoping the only information Sony can obtain is the geographical location of donators. Sony is trying to sue Geohot in San Francisco rather then in his home state of New Jersey.

*thanks iclarified*

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