"caused the company â€œirreparable harm,â€ and broke â€œeffective technological protective measures.â€"
Well, I can't see how making a product more flexable, and more desirable to consumers could be classified as "Irreperable harm" nor do I understand how the protective measures could be so effective if they were able to be broken.
Most companies have realized that the easier it is to mod a product so the owner can make it operate in a way that is better for them is a really good thing for sales and profits. I am starting to see more companies posting the source code for their firmware, but of course using an "unofficial" firmware does kind of void the warrenty. It also lets the consumer determine what features are more important to them, and they get free firmware developers....
As I've said many times, Sony makes some great products but their management is so stupid, they will never become the company they could be.