Please Explain Why Modifying Your Own Hardware Is A Federal Crime?
from the just-wondering dept
For years there have been questions about modifying video game boxes and whether or not it should really be a crime. After all, if you bought something, historically, that meant you owned it -- and you could modify it however you wanted. Thanks to lovely laws like the DMCA, however, that's no longer true. Federal prosecutors have now charged three men with copyright infringement for selling modified Xboxes. In some cases, it appears they were also selling copied games stored on these modified Xboxes -- which is copyright infringement. However, the charges should be for that, alone, and not for modifying the boxes. Unfortunately, because of the copied games, many people won't break out the two issues, but there are important distinctions, and it's an important legal issue if you believe that you should actually own what you bought.