Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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freedom to tinker, mod chips, uk, xbox


UK Again Says That Mod Chipping Isn't Legal

from the you-bought-it,-but-you-don't-own-it dept

The war against actually being able to own the products you (thought you) bought continues. An appeal by a guy convicted for installing mod chips in video game consoles in the UK has been rejected. Even though the guy himself might not have been violating copyright law, apparently the fact that such mod chips could be used by others to potentially violate copyright law is enough to get him convicted. So, basically, modifying the hardware that you legally purchased? Not legal.

And... in somewhat related news, a bunch of folks have sent in the story of Microsoft cutting off what may be hundreds of thousands of players from Xbox Live for using modded consoles. Microsoft, obviously, is trying to stop players from cheating (one use of a modded console), which is understandable, and certainly within Microsoft's right. Still, the action does come across as a bit heavy handed. There are perfectly good reasons to mod a gaming console, such as to play unofficial games -- and as much as I understand the desire to stop people from cheating or playing pirated games, it still seems like you should be able to modify hardware that you legally purchased.

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  1. identicon
    Freedom, 11 Nov 2009 @ 8:35pm

    Education Camps...

    Mike ... the problem is that you think to much about the individual. You really need to understand that the era of the individual is over. If the individual must suffer for the greater good of the community then so be it. /sarcasm


    P.S. If Apple made an iCar instead of an iPhone ... would you really be okay with not being able to change the battery or oil yourself? Would you really be okay with having to get Apple's approval for every driver? Would you really be okay with having to put passengers behind a locked metal screen or in the trunk for fear that might get close to the wheel? Would you really be okay with a car manufacturer telling you that your good friend can't rid with you because he didn't make it thru some subjective approval process? Would you really pay up to have a product that limits you?

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