Sony claims George Hotz disappeared to South America

Lawyers acting for Sony claim that PS3 hacker George Hotz handed them two “non-functional” hard drives in violation of a court order and then fled to South America.

Sony is suing the 21-year-old on charges that he violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by publishing an encryption key and software tools in January that allow PlayStation 3 owners to gain complete control of their consoles.

Hotz wrote the code so users could run Linux on the consoles and use them to build super computers. Sony claims he did it to allow pirates to copy software.

A San Francisco federal magistrate ordered Hotz to surrender his hard drives to Sony.

Sony said that when it got the drives from Hotz, they were no longer working. They claimed Hotz had removed integral components from his impounded hard drives and made them useless.

Stewart Kellar, Hotz’s attorney, told Wired the case is overblown. The hard drives did not have the controller card attached.

Hotz has since turned over the cards, solving the problem.

In its filing, Sony claimed that Hotz left the country and traveled to South America.

Kellar told Wired that Hotz had done nothing to make himself unavailable.  Besides South America is nice and Hotz did come back.

It seems that Sony’s briefs are well and truly in a twist over the whole case and it is throwing every judicial complaint it can against the lad.