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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

U.K. man busted for selling modded

Via Engadget:

An unidentified 22-year-old Cambridge graduate has been sentenced to 140 hours of community service for selling modded Xboxes via a web site. The man, who chipped the consoles to override built-in DRM and installed hard drives full of games, is the first person in the U.K. to be convicted under a law that makes it a crime to do any kind of modding that overrides copyright controls. We’re not going to opine on the fairness of the law (though we have to admit that, if it really makes any modification of game consoles illegal — as implied by the BBC — it sounds about as fair as the DMCA). Instead we have just one piece of advice for the mystery modder: dude, next time, try selling the boxes out of the back of a truck instead of on the web.


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