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Geohot's lawyer responds to Sony's 'court dodging' claims

'Donations used exclusively for legal defence' says hacker's attorney

Yesterday reports spoke of Sony filing documents in its ongoing court action against infamous iPhone and PS3 hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz accusing the defendant of 'dodging the court's authority' by refusing to hand over requested computer components and fleeing to South America.

Sony claimed that Hotz had "engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn" and "deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral" as requested by the court.


Hotz' attorney Stewart Kellar has now responded on the matter telling IGN, "The 'integral components' SCEA is talking about are stock controller cards, not the hard drives themselves.

"The neutral subsequently had to explain to SCEA the form and function of hard drive controller cards. Those controller cards have since been provided to the neutral so the point is moot."

Kellar continued by countering claims that the young hacker has used money donated to him via his website to take a trip to South America during the court case:

"You can never take a vacation from a lawsuit. Mr. Hotz has had to make himself available 24/7 for this litigation, which has been quite demanding on him.

"You have to remember that Mr. Hotz didn't choose to fight this battle, but now that he has been sued, he has put his heart into fighting this case that has enormous implications for consumers world-wide.

"As for any question as to whether Mr. Hotz has used donation money to take a trip to South America, that's pretty silly. Litigating against a massive company like Sony, who is represented by five attorneys, is very costly for a 21-year-old," Kellar added.

"The donation money George has received is being used exclusively for his legal defence. If there are any funds left after the lawsuit, George is planning to donate the money to the EFF [Electronic Frontier Foundation]."