A NUMBER OF Sony stores shut their doors this weekend as protests organised by the hacktivist group Anonymous got underway.
The group called for people to loiter around Sony stores in a global "sit in" and to stop buying Sony products to protest Sony's lawsuit against George Hotz, known as Geohot, for jailbreaking the Playstation 3.
Sony prepared for major disruption and potential violence at stores across Europe by closing a number of them and getting the police to stand guard.
So far there are reports that the Leeds and Manchester stores were closed in the UK, while the Wroclaw store closed in Poland. It is likely that a number of other stores also closed, but confirming reports have yet to be received.
Signs saying "Closed due to unforeseen circumstances", "We are sorry, the Sony Centre is closed" and "We will be open as soon as possible" were put on the closed shutters, but there was no mention of the Anonymous protests.
At the Manchester store an individual wearing a martial arts uniform stood outside the closed store holding an Anonymous poster.
While the boycott itself might not appear to be a major success, the shop closures will guarantee that Sony loses money and might reconsider suing jailbreakers in the future.
After the threat of a major campaign by Anonymous, Sony said last week that it would drop its lawsuit against Hotz. Hotz also agreed in the settlement to take down messages detailing the gaming console jailbreak. µ