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.
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.)