George Hotz is a 21-year-old hacker who goes by the handle “geohot” and is known in geek circles for his work jailbreaking the iPhone and the PlayStation 3. The latter stunt pissed Sony off considerably, and the company is taking Hotz and several other contributors to the PS3 hack to court, claiming they violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (one especially boneheaded part of that federal law makes it illegal to alter electronic devices that you paid for if the manufacturer objects to those alterations).
The jailbreak that Hotz is being sued over restores features that Sony once offered with the PS3 but eliminated somewhat capriciously several years after the console hit the market. It’s legal for Sony to remove functionality from a piece of gear you own outright, but it’s illegal for you to undo that removal if Sony doesn’t want you to. So stupid.
Most people, when confronted with a lawsuit from the fifth largest media conglomerate in the world, would respond in the obvious way: shit themselves in fear, then Google instructions for how to build a spider hole. Hotz has taken a very different tack, recording a surprisingly capable rap song where he calls out Sony as a bunch of big crybabies and basically proves that he’s got (to borrow a phrase from my editor) “big, clanking brass balls.”
The song after the jump: