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Sony Sends DMCA Takedown Notice To GitHub 266

Plombo writes "Sony's war against PS3 hacking continues. On January 27, Sony Computer Entertainment America sent a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub demanding the removal of 6 repositories under the 'circumvention device' clause of the DMCA. All of the repositories in question were related to jailbreaking or homebrew development for the PS3."
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Sony Sends DMCA Takedown Notice To GitHub

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 30, 2011 @12:15AM (#35046752)

    They should file a counter-notice, citing the interoperability clauses :)

  • That was fast (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 30, 2011 @12:17AM (#35046756)

    Perhaps the real news should be how quickly github caved and removed all of the projects in question.

  • by youn ( 1516637 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @12:19AM (#35046764) Homepage

    repositories in the US may work, but It'll just get some dudes to host them from a country with more loose ip laws

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 30, 2011 @12:23AM (#35046786)

    arent they. the real hacker underground is intertwined with open source. targeting the places where these crowds regular, is not something wise.

    but morons which are dubbed as lawyers in some countries naturally would have no idea about that. they got too much used to bullying defenseless citizens through law.

    i wonder what will they do to sony's online assets.

    Nothing. Stop dramatizing.

  • Re:All Exploits (Score:5, Insightful)

    by QuoteMstr ( 55051 ) <> on Sunday January 30, 2011 @01:05AM (#35046972)

    All right --- Sony appears to be guilty of perjury after filing a takedown notice for someone else's work.

    Who is going to do something about it? Selective enforcement is wonderful, isn't it? If Sony succeeds in this, it'll embolden others to file takedown notices against anything they dislike for any reason whatsoever.

  • DMCA? FOAD. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Sarusa ( 104047 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @01:14AM (#35047000)

    Hay Sony. I think I'm gonna circumvent you now. Seriously regretting buying that PS3.

  • by Just Brew It! ( 636086 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @01:19AM (#35047028)

    Back in the day, Sony was a pretty cool company. They made affordable audio equipment with decent performance for the price; through high school and college, my turntable (vinyl LPs... remember them?) was a Sony. I also remember my first Sony Walkman cassette portable (early 1980s) and CD DiscMan with great fondness; Sony pretty much single-handedly invented the portable audio industry. My first camcorder was a Sony too, and I enjoyed the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 immensely.

    Somewhere along the line, they lost their way. Maybe it had something to do with their transformation into a combination of consumer electronics giant and content provider; I'm not sure. But the CD rootkit fiasco was an indication of where they were heading. My opinion of them also took a nosedive when my second Sony camcorder (purchased around 6 years ago) turned out to be a piece of crap.

    These days, they are solidly on my "avoid" list. I used to consider a Sony nameplate to be a badge of quality; now it is more of a warning label.

  • by surfdaddy ( 930829 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @01:34AM (#35047090)
    Sony entertainment had no problems a few years ago fubaring up my XP system by installing a rootkit after I inserted one of their music CD's. Seems they can care less about us, but don't reveal their precious encryption keys.

    Between all that and their proprietary memory in digital cameras, I avoid ALL thinks Sony. They aren't worth the time. So sad a former leader of technology has descended so low.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 30, 2011 @01:42AM (#35047116)

    They should file a counter notice, citing the fact that they wrote the code themselves and it even compiles with PSl1ght SDK, not the sony SDK, su they are completely in the clear and Sony is just harrassing them. What Sony is doing is completely illegal.

  • Re:The cat...... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by im_thatoneguy ( 819432 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @04:05AM (#35047528)

    Because they don't care about customers who don't buy games? And why should they? Why should you care about unprofitable customers?

  • Re:All Exploits (Score:4, Insightful)

    by anomaly256 ( 1243020 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @05:03AM (#35047684)
    Which is most unfortunate as it is complete hogwash in practice. Pirates are using psjailbreak devices, not OtherOS. OtherOS doesn't facilitate piracy of any kind. Nor does Asbestos. Nor do the 'Open' SDKs. The clear and obvious fact that everyone seems to be missing is that piracy continues completely unabated by the legal actions of Sony or the censorship it's trying to enforce. People really need to stop confusing these 2 issues as being the same thing.
  • by Otis_INF ( 130595 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @05:10AM (#35047696) Homepage

    Do you really think Github can afford a lengthy trial with mammoth Sony? Not in a million years. The legal team of Sony will bury Github's with so many documents they either have to give up or will lose.

    Big corporations have big law departments. The only purpose of these law departments, which cost a lot of money each year, is to make life as easy as possible for the employer, Sony in this case. This means: they'll do everything they can to make the life of the opponent as miserable as possible: lawsuits, burying with massive amounts of documents etc. Github doesn't have a chance.

  • by Blue_Wombat ( 737891 ) on Sunday January 30, 2011 @05:40AM (#35047768)
    Absolutely. I used to own a lot of their gear - including a walkman, a beta VCR (that dates me!) and a very expensive trinitron screen. I was quite a Sony fanboi in my day. Now I loathe and detest them - CD rootkit, mania for proprietary connectors, lying about Minidisc "playing" MP3s, what they did to LikSang, the rootkit, DRM mania, retroactive removal of freatures people had paid for (OtherOS), being behind the RIAA, being behind the MPAA...... the list goes on and on. They actively hate and screw over their own customers, their product is overpriced, and their legendary quality is a didtant memory. Now just I regard Sony as the vermin of the consumer electronics industry, with products that are defective by design, and I avoid them like the plague. I successfully warn numerous other people off their overpriced DRMed rubbish as well. NB: to /. mods - can we have the old interface back please? The new one is *horrible*
  • Re:All Exploits (Score:4, Insightful)

    by shentino ( 1139071 ) <> on Sunday January 30, 2011 @06:24AM (#35047900)

    If corporations like it, it's not good for you.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.