227w ago - According to CBS11tv.com (linked above), a southern California college student has been arrested on allegations of bypassing the DMCA by installing modchips into consoles.
The federal charges stated that he illegally modified video game consoles to enable the machines to play pirated video games, to quote:
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Matthew Crippen was released Monday night after posting $5,000 bond.
The California State University, Fullerton student who lives in Anaheim is accused of modifying Xbox, PlayStation and Wii consoles in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents got a tip from the Entertainment Software Association and searched Crippen's home in May. He was indicted on two counts by a federal grand jury. Crippen faces 10 years in prison if convicted and is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 10.
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Guy was stealing and that's the bottom line. If you own a company (like I do) and this was happening to your business, you'd be PO'd too. Too bad they don't have a law against game hacker's that basically exploit licensed online games and ruin company profits because of the damage they do to sells. If it was a law, we'd see less BS in online gaming. Be lots of home arrests then posted daily too.
Just another thing that needs to be cleaned up. We see web sites all over the net on game hacks and codes that they charge you to get an use. Thus breaking the manufactures online game rules. Which in turn effects every person playing the game fairly and we all paid cash money to play the service. With buying the game and paying for the maps upgrades, etc.... Yet, we play it fair and the correct way.
On the engadget thread, this user made a good explanation of the situation.
Apart from everything else, the DMCA says - if you do anything (anything at all) that circumvents a protection system (DRM included) then you have committed a crime IRRESPECTIVE of a) how you broke the system, b) whether the system was any good, c) whether the system involves DRM or not, d) whether you own the hardware parts or not, and e) your intentions in circumventing the protection system (with some exceptions ... that this guy most definitely cannot claim).
If people were applying mods that achieved certain effects WITHOUT breaking the DRM system, then I'd have a different view. But no-one does! All modding is done to break the DRM. If you disagree with that, then tell me - how many mods are you aware of that do something, yet don't break the DRM? Yeah, exactly - none. And one wonders how hard the authorities would crack down on modding that didn't involve DRM-breaking and piracy ... I suspect that they would care far less about that.
well... last i checked you dont actually own the "system" like to sony, i might be Mac Address: XXXXXXXXXXX but last i looked, when you buy, you gain the right, to play a ps3 game... IE its just a contract, that you agree to when you buy... you get some terms, and blah blah... Last i looked, this is what a system was, so it wasnt a big deal.
However, Both sides are completely valid, I use to be a Senior Moderator on Wiihacks *bad site, dont go*... I posted 5,000+ times, and helped countless people... Nearly 100% of them, were pirating and it was very apparent thats all they wanted to do... most of these people couldnt tell me what the root of the SD card was... or how to fix their game, so i dont blame him for charging lazy people... you can justify it how you wish, but i dont see this charge passing