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College Student Charged with Modding Gaming Consoles

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264w 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.
 

Student Tasered at Senator's speech- Police Brutality?

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362w ago - According to the AP, a University of Florida student was Tasered and arrested Monday (Sept. 17) when he attempted to speak at a forum with Sen. John Kerry. The student struggled with as many as four campus police shouting 'What did I do?' when they tried removing him.

Happened to catch the video tonight and although the guy seemed a bit obnoxious I'm not sure with 4 police officers (who could help remove him) it was necessary to taser him... others thoughts on this?
 
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