GeoHotz settles with Sony

Agrees to "permanent injunction".

Bad news, soap opera fans - the GeoHotz versus Sony legal confrontation has come to a close, with the alleged hacker consenting to a "permanent injunction".

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, a settlement between the two factions was reached on 31st March in a San Francisco federal court.

"Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us," commented Sony counsel Riley Russell.

"Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal."

The exact details of the full settlement have not yet been revealed.

Hotz also expressed relief that the 'disagreement' surrounding his widely-publicised PlayStation 3 security breach earlier this year has been resolved quickly.

"It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier," he said, "I'm happy to have the litigation behind me."

"We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network," added Russell.

"We appreciate Mr. Hotz's willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution."

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