Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


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freedom to tinker, mod chips, uk, xbox

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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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    Dez (profile), 12 Nov 2009 @ 8:59am

    Re: What's ridiculous about banning modded 360s...

    I absolutely agree with Microsoft not banning individual player accounts. It'd be like saying "You have a non-street legal car in your garage, we'll take your drivers license now."

    And as far as evening the playing field goes, I had to pay $60 bucks for the game or whatever rental fee, so should you. This was mostly about the fact that Microsoft banned the consoles that could also play copies of games.

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