Accused PS3 Hacker Hotz Contests PSN Account Link, SCEA Jurisdiction Claim
In a newly revealed set of legal documents, accused PS3 hack George "GeoHot" Hotz refutes Sony's claim that he created a PlayStation Network account using one of four PS3s he purchased.
Last week, Sony alleged
that a PS3 Hotz had purchased had been used to create a PSN account under the name "blickmanic," from a location whose IP address resolved near Hotz' home.
Hotz' connection to the PSN account is important, legally, because it would prove that he agreed to SCEA's terms of service, which would give the California-based company a stronger claim to interest in the case.
But new documents filed by Hotz' representation, as noted by Groklaw
, show the serial number Sony says is associated with the blickmanic account does not match that of a new PS3 Slim purchased by Hotz. Hotz also allegedly purchased three used PS3 systems, whose serial numbers have not yet been disclosed by either side.
Hotz' lawyers also included a reference to a comment from Hotz' blog, claiming to be from a neighbor of Hotz who borrowed his console to create the blickmanic account.
"See, I live next door to George Hotz and we've always been good friends," the post reads. "At the time I bought the console, I was waiting to be connected to the internet by my ISP so I asked Hotz if I could use his for a while. Good neighbors, that's all."
In another document, Hotz testifies that he was not aware of the existence of SCEA, and that he believed the PS3 to be a product of Sony Japan, as indicated on the box and firmware installation. Hotz' representation even provides photographic evidence that Hotz did not open the sealed manuals that came with the new PS3, which would have identified SCEA's involvement with the system.
The fight over jurisdiction in Sony' case against Hotz has been roiling since January
, when a circuit court judge expressed reservations about the trial being heard in California.
Since then, Sony has been granted a restraining order
against Hotz' publication of hacking instructions, and gained access to Hotz' personal hard drives and information from Hotz web provider