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Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by pspmte, Mar 2, 2010.
Calling all lawyers is it legal to circumventing security of a Wii in the UK!
it is legal if u dont pirating games.
That shit aint never gonna be legal in the UK! Just mod it, play it and dont tell too many people about it!
"The war against actually being able to own the products you (thought you) bought continues. An appeal by a guy convicted for installing mod chips in video game consoles in the UK has been rejected. Even though the guy himself might not have been violating copyright law, apparently the fact that such mod chips could be used by others to potentially violate copyright law is enough to get him convicted. So, basically, modifying the hardware that you legally purchased? Not legal.
And... in somewhat related news, a bunch of folks have sent in the story of Microsoft cutting off what may be hundreds of thousands of players from Xbox Live for using modded consoles. Microsoft, obviously, is trying to stop players from cheating (one use of a modded console), which is understandable, and certainly within Microsoft's right. Still, the action does come across as a bit heavy handed. There are perfectly good reasons to mod a gaming console, such as to play unofficial games -- and as much as I understand the desire to stop people from cheating or playing pirated games, it still seems like you should be able to modify hardware that you legally purchased."
dont telling your mom u are pirated games. your mom will calling the police
the po's are already here.
Circumventing the Wii's security is LEGAL in the UK.
Possessing backups of games you legally own is LEGAL in the UK.
Possessing backups of games you do not legally own is ILLEGAL in the UK.
Prove me wrong people.
You're lucky then, because that's definitely Illegal here in Belgium...
Point 1 comes under the EUCD
"Other countries, like Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands, adopted the broad interpretation. Consequently, in these countries control mechanisms can be protected against circumvention even if the mechanisms are not designed to prevent exclusively acts that are relevant under copyright law."
Point 2 is grey. Under UK copyright law you aren't allowed to make a copy of any copyright protected work, without permission of the copyright holder. This actually prevents you from putting cd's onto your mp3 player, the law is from 1988. It does have a clause that allows "Producing a back up copy for personal use of a computer program". I'd expect a Wii to be denied the classification of computer. Programs are everywhere, dvd video has scripting & bluray has java. While the exemption was designed around software which ran from floppy disc, so the chance of corruption was quite high.
However if you truly only had a backup of your own disc then point 2 would definately get thrown out of court. Downloading is going to get interesting as there is a propossed law going through the motion right now about denying internet access to people who download copyrighted content. The ISP's are going to legally be required to monitor everything, that will be interesting.
Unless you start modding Wii's for profit then point 1 is not worth worrying about. Although software hosted in the EU could be targetted by Nintendo under the EUCD if they thought about it (or the DMCA for the US).