Since the settlement, there have been quite a few irate comments from the folks who donated that run along the lines of: “Oh what? You’re just going to pocket the money we donated you stinkin’ nerf herder?!”
Well, no. As Hotz said back when he asked for the donations, all left over dough would be sent to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and that’s what he’s done. According to Hotz’s blog, he’s sent a check for $10k to the EFF.
“This money goes to the EFF in hopes that America can one day again be a shining example of freedom, free of the DMCA and ACTA, and that private interest will never trump the ideas laid out in the constitution of privacy, ownership, and free speech.”
Hotz says he’s done working on Sony products but says others can go right on ahead.
“If you piss them off enough for them to pull out the legal team and their million dollar checkbook, worst thing that happens is you have to super swear to never do it again.”
AE: I’d advise anyone who wants to tinker with Sony’s hardware not to take Hotz’s above comment as gospel. You know, just to be on the safe side.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen