George Hotz really doesn’t appear to be taking his legal troubles with Sony very seriously. This was evidenced in his freestyle rap that made its rounds throughout the internet last month. Sony is currently trying to convince the court that California is the proper state to hold its trial instead of Hotz’s state of New Jersey. Lawyers on both sides have been trying to get an argumentative advantage over the other, but it’ll be hard to defend why Hotz recently decided to pick up and head to South America.
In a recent court document, Sony accuses Hotz of doing the legal equivalent of dodging the system. Sony said that Hotz was supposed to surrender devices such as hard drives that may contain evidence Sony needs to prove its case. Before that could be done, Hotz allegedly removed important parts from the hard drives. Hotz was then instructed to return those components, but it turns out he took a trip to South America instead.
From the document:
Most seriously, after Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral. Hotz’s attempts to dodge this Court’s authority raise very serious questions.
How Hotz managed to fund a visit to South America after asking for donations to fund his legal team is anyone’s guess.
Sony also accused Hotz of lying to the court about having a PSN account. Sony used a serial number Hotz provided to determine a PS3 console was purchased in February 2010 at a GameStop close to Hotz’s residence. In March 2010 a PSN account was registered on that console under the user name “blickmanic.” Sony then discovered that same user name was associated with a forum post about jailbreaking phones. Hotz is known for his success in jailbreaking mobile devices.
Hotz allegedly posted the following inside the forum.
“Just curious what people would pay for exclusive rights to this solution. [Motorola] Tracfone W175g unlocked and debranded. PM me.”)
By proving that Hotz did in fact have a PSN account, Sony says Hotz agreed the PSN user agreement. It’s Sony’s belief that this agreement firmly puts Hotz within California’s legal jurisdiction.