226w 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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I agree that modding your own console should not be an issue. I think selling the service of modding a console is skating a fine line. In the US, Blizzard won a lawsuit stopping the sale of Glider (a WoW bot program) because Mercury was making money off a program that uses their game. I am pretty sure that is essentially how it went down.
Also, I thought it was technically still legal to mod a Xbox360 as long as the chip had a specific sticker on it or code still in it?
What a joke, I can understand if he was providing burnt off games, but if it was just modding a console for enhanced features and performance that's no one's business. What a waste of taxpayer money and judicial resources. I hope these companies get with the times.