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#12643 - 07/05/05 12:35 PM Busted For Moding Xbox  
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A 22-year-old man has become the first person in the UK to be convicted for modifying a video games console. The Cambridge graduate was sentenced at Caerphilly Magistrates Court in Wales to 140 hours of community service. The man had been selling modified Xbox consoles which he fitted with a big hard drive containing 80 games. "This case sets a major precedent which marks a milestone in the fight against piracy," said games industry spokesman Michael Rawlinson. The conviction is the first of its kind in the UK, where the modification of video games consoles has been an illegal practice since October 2003, when the UK enacted the EU Copyright Directive. Under that directive, it is illegal to circumvent copy protection systems. In this case, the man was tracked down by an investigator working for the UK games industry trade body, the Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association, (Elspa). The man, who has not yet been named, was selling modified Xbox consoles, fitted with a 200GB hard drive and 80 pre-installed games, via his website for £380. The man was sentenced to 140 hours community service and ordered to pay £750 in costs. The court also seized his equipment - three PCs, two printers, three Xbox consoles and 38 hard drives.

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#12644 - 07/05/05 12:37 PM Re: Busted For Moding Xbox  
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psst, AMD/GeForce... youve got a source to go with ur article mate?

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#12645 - 07/05/05 02:55 PM Re: Busted For Moding Xbox  
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Yeah he just posted bullshit, I think. More government propoganda to make the people of the underground scared. But we won't be scared. HACK THE PLANET!!!!!!!!!!!!1one

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#12646 - 07/05/05 08:38 PM Re: Busted For Moding Xbox  
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Mod an Xbox, Go to Jail?

By Geoff Duncan
Staff Writer, Designtechnica News

A UK graduate student has been sentenced to 140 hours of community service for selling modified Xbox systems.


In the UK, a 22 year-old graduate student has been sentenced to 140 hours of community service for selling modified Xbox systems containing pirated games. he was also required to pay £750 in court costs and had various computing and gaming equipment seized by authorities. According to the BBC, this is the first such conviction since the UK adopted the EU Copyright Directive in October 2003; under that directive, it is illegal to circumvent copy protection systems, including those in console games.

The unidentified Cambridge student was tracked down by an investigator from the Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), a UK games industry trade group. He had been selling modified Xbox consoles for £380 via his Web site; the consoles had been modified to include a 200 MB hard drive and 80 pre-installed games. Articles covering the case report that the man also installed modification chips in the Xbox consoles to bypass copy protection schemes.

In July 2004 the UK High Court ruled it illegal to sell modified PlayStation 2 systems which included so-called "mod-chips." The High Court's ruling would seem to illegalize the sale or advertisement of mod chips or systems explicitly modified to bypass copy protection mechanisms; similarly, it illegalized possession or use of these chips or systems for a commercial purpose.

Some anti-piracy activists are touting the Cambridge student's conviction as a victory, but questions remain whether users may legally modify their own systems for personal and/or non-commercial purposes under UK and European law. Mod chips typically enable users to bypass copy protection or play bootleg gamesóactivities which in many cases infringe on copyrightsóbut they also enable hobbyists to develop and play homebrew games, run backup copies of legally purchased games, run games purchased in other countries, or convert their consoles to different purposes (such as running Linux on an Xbox). Although law enforcement authorities are unlikely to prosecute users who privately modify their own systems without commercial intent or benefit, console makers and trade associations such as ELSPA would undoubtedly welcome decisions which extend copyright protection to (or even criminalize) modification of console systems for any purpose.

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#12647 - 07/05/05 08:39 PM Re: Busted For Moding Xbox  
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In the future A/G, please include the source info, it helps people separate the bullshitt from the truth. Thanks for the post though it was interesting.


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#12648 - 07/06/05 01:22 AM Re: Busted For Moding Xbox  
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My bad i thought i put it in there.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4650225.stm

#12649 - 07/06/05 05:25 AM Re: Busted For Moding Xbox  
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I'm too lame to want to tear apart my XBox.. Then again I never play the damned thing other than for Sonic the HedgeHog...


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#12650 - 07/06/05 12:14 PM Re: Busted For Moding Xbox  
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Originally posted by pergesu:
Yeah he just posted bullshit, I think. More government propoganda to make the people of the underground scared. But we won't be scared. HACK THE PLANET!!!!!!!!!!!!1one

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perg could start a new topic with this alone!

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