The Northern California Courts have granted Sony’s request for a temporary restraining order against George Hotz, A.K.A. GeoHot, and members of fail0verflow, forbidding them from sharing the PlayStation 3’s root key.

They are also forbidden from “helping or encouraging” others to exploit the weakness they’ve uncovered in the PlayStation 3’s security measures. The hackers must also relinquish to Sony’s lawyers any computers and storage devices used in the process of creating the jailbreak.

The restraining order does not imply that GeoHot and fail0verflow are guilty in the eyes of the law. Instead, it’s a temporary measure granted by the courts that agree that the jailbreak could harm Sony while legal proceedings continue.

As website Engadget points out, Sony are closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. The order only applies to the parties named and the root key has already been widely disseminated across the Internet.

Gameplanet recently shared its opinion on the ramifications of the PlayStation 3 hack.