Exclusive! Sony opens the PS3 to independent developers

A few days/ hours ago, in a move to support homebrews and fanmade applications, Sony publicly released a major part of the encryption/decryption keys of the Sony Playstation3, in the form of a website screenshot included in one of the legal documents provided in their case against Geohot.

These documents are legally hosted on several servers all over the world, including the website of the district court of Northern California (through the PACER system), a direct proof of Sony’s good will to open the console to independent developers.

You can't unsee it.

A part of the keys is missing, but this seriously weakens the security of the PS3. Sony stated that they do not condone piracy, but no doubt that pirates in the world will find the missing bits, and use these keys in order to run illegal copies of games.

Please note that unlike Geohot, the district court of Northern California apparently accepts donations for the keys, but for US citizens there is a way to make that tax deductible it seems. More info at http://www.pacer.gov/ , or google for “Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC v. Hotz et al”

(To people reading this and who didn’t completely get it, this is irony. Of course it is easy to prove that Geohot released these keys before Sony, but it’s still very funny.)

Source KaKaRoToKS

  1. JOME’s avatar

    so what does this mean>?

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    1. Amarinth’s avatar

      What this basically means is that Sony has screwed themselves. Hard. Court documents are public record as are anything related to said documents, including the screen shot of the jailbreak code they’re trying to get hushed up. They didn’t post the whole thing, but any idiot with even a modicum of hacker know-how can fill in the missing pieces. So in essence Sony has done themselves in. They can’t get said jailbreak code off the internet without suing the California court system and every site that hosts those legal documents. Way to show your massive brains, Sony. I’ve been giggling for hours over this. xD

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  2. spider-monkey’s avatar

    Wow, why Sony?

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  3. georgeka’s avatar

    Sony asked the court for a TRO to take down all info related to the PS3 hack.

    Now, Sony’s legal team included in the court documents a screenshot of a website where GeoHot posted the root keys. These documents are now hosted by several servers including the California court.

    Sony should now sue the California court.

    What an epic fail Sony is.. :p

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  4. MitMakis’s avatar

    Sony did it huh? Hopefully the PS3 doesn’t die, if it does… Then crap.

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  5. brinsa23’s avatar

    hmmm…i smell something fishy going on…..(that ..or its my pet fish that has been floating in the water for three days….which its odd…)

    but yeah…i hope this isnt a trick….

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  6. brinsa23’s avatar

    teh!!!….seems they cant do a thing at all…oh well…

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    1. brinsa23’s avatar

      aargh….sorry…i got an error that i thought my other message wouldnt show… :S

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  7. Enzeru’s avatar

    So this is not intentional?

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  8. Shinny’s avatar

    sony cant just go whithout a fight….

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  9. NoobSauce’s avatar

    I think I see what happened here.
    So, as part of the court order to shut geohot up, sony included a screenshot that had the offending keys on it, and since court orders are public domain, this means everyone does and will have access to the keys for generations to come?

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    1. georgeka’s avatar

      Absolutely right!

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    2. lane’s avatar

      Wow, you should get a name change. THAT wasn’t NoobSauce. That was SmartypantsSauce.

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  10. Enigma’s avatar

    LOL, What a failure.

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  11. equis’s avatar

    I was asking myself a few hours ago about this fact :D but you got me @wololo my shame… I thought it was true :D
    However, that could be a good idea to Sony from the beginning: to have PS3 open and give independent developers a certain keys, but use another keys for commercial games. Just an idea.

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  12. Enigma’s avatar

    Lol, Geo has nothing to be afraid of. His jailbreak doesn’t allow piracy, which is the pinnacle of Sony’s argument. I saw him on Attack of The Show last night, and he said he’d lawyered up, meaning that that he’s ready for whatever bull Sony throws at him. Not to mention, by posting some of the PS3 Keys they just left themselves wide open to being enabled by piracy. Keep Up the Good Work, Sony!

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    1. lane’s avatar

      *thumbs up*

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  13. DizzyLikesWhiteGirls’s avatar

    I’m kinda looking forward to the non-piracy related homebrew that’ll result of this sudden opening to indie developers… granted that this is free – maybe we’ll see a reasonable facsimile to VLC on PS3 so we can stop molding our lives around restrictive MP4 formats? Or see some free homebrew games?

    …hopefully, this would expand to PSP too! Since Sony doesn’t seem concerned with giving us Youtube or a proper MP3 player that sorts by ID3 tags, a homebrew developer would.

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    1. stOne’s avatar

      i am looking forward to it too. although it has been possible to make software for custom firmware or for running on linux/wine.. the way it looks now with the potential for all playstations to run anything.. it may create the incentive for budding programmers (good and bad). this is going to be an interesting journey. i’m sure there will be a lot of bricks along the way. all we can (and must) do is take our time as we take our steps..

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  14. Beanfuck’s avatar

    sony ftl

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  15. Beanlap’s avatar

    LOLOLO wololo can suck my ass

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  16. Beanlick’s avatar

    HAHA WOLOLO’s SITE IS FOR FAGGOTS!

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  17. FrankFang’s avatar

    man wtf is wrong with you two…

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    1. Nickolas’s avatar

      Actually it looks like it is the sam fag**t using multiple usernames….

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  18. Enigma’s avatar

    ”HAHA WOLOLO’s SITE IS FOR FAGGOTS!”

    Then why are you on it? You also must be a faggot. But at least you came out of the closet!

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  19. sloshedtrain’s avatar

    game over sony

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