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A LANDMARK LEGAL RULING at the UK Court of Appeal (criminal division) which posited the legal argument that modchips do not circumvent copyright protection, was upheld yesterday by Judge Justice Jacobs, according to Team Xecuter.

The granting of the appeal, which was based on the argument that the copyright infringement has already taken place before the use of a modchip, has resulted in the quashing of all 26 counts against a well-known UK modder.

Thirty-eight year-old Neil Higgs - who called himself Mr Mod Chips - flogged thousands of modification kits through his web-site, allowing pirated games to play on popular consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox. He also provided a bespoke chipping service to those punters not willing to footle about under the bonnet for themselves.

When the cops kicked his back door down in October 2007, they found 3,700 dodgy chips, imported from Hong Kong as well as 19 consoles which had already had their innards fiddled with.

Higgs was awarded full costs as a result of his successful appeal. µ
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He also provided a bespoke chipping service to those punters not willing to footle about under the bonnet for themselves.
Now that's a lot of British colloquialisms in one sentence!
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Now that's a lot of British colloquialisms in one sentence!
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Now that's a lot of British colloquialisms in one sentence!
lol, I had to read it twice.
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Made perfect sense to me lol.
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based on the argument that the copyright infringement has already taken place before the use of a modchip
I can't say that I understand that argument, unless there's more to it than was in the quote. The mod chip itself does nothing...it's just a bunch of circuitry. Bypassing the copy protection cannot take place until the chip is inserted into the console, the device that has the copy protection. This argument basically claims that the mod chip manufacturer is the pirate; not the person who bought, installed, and is playing pirated games with the mod chip.

Here's a concrete example of how this makes no sense: Back when I was in college, our old cable system (complete with a wired remote!) could easily be, and was widely, "pirated". By placing a little device called a high-pass filter (a $5 audio component readily available at any Radio Shack) between the cable line and the cable box, you could get pay-per-view absolutely free; the filter prevented communication back to the cable compnay that you were watching a pay-per-view movie, or something along those lines. The UKs ruling would imply that doing this is absolutely legal; that the piracy "already happened" when somebody designed the high-pass filter, or when the cable company designed a system that could be bypassed this way, or whatever. This is a strong parallel I think; and if presented with this case instead of the console mod-chip case, I find it very hard to believe that the UK would rule the same way.
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Now that's a lot of British colloquialisms in one sentence!


Serves you right Micro$oft.

More piracy on consoles = better for pc gamers.
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It's also legal in Australia. Serves them right I want to play cheaper games not $100 dollar games. Well it isn't pirating as the owner is still getting money if it is brought overseas on a legit site.
Edited by wolf_08 - 6/13/08 at 7:52am
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Serves you right Micro$oft.

More piracy on consoles = better for pc gamers.
Pretty dumb argument. You want piracy gone x.x
    
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Think that this ruling will open up a massive can of worms regarding file sharing.

They can now argue that the very first sharer of a file is overall responsible.
    
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