Italian Court Rules Hacking Wii U Is Legal

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  1. Bobbybangin
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  2. FenrirWolf

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    Looks like the suit is against a company that's reselling consoles with preinstalled homebrew apps, which is kind of sketchy in its own right
     
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    I just read that headline. Wat. I see this ending well ;)
     
  4. Reploid

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    Cool, now we only need a way to actually do it. And most of us need a Wii U. If of course somebody still want it.
     
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    Other countries, yeah, it's gonna be a little trick
     
  6. Bobbybangin
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    It's still good that a country set precedence. Not always, but sometimes a foreign court will take that into consideration when making their decisions. There's been a few cases where a court has made their decision entirely on another courts decision. An Italian court is not a bad place to start.
     
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    Nope, that's for sure. Still, never thought I'd see the day where console modding was deemed legal.
     
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    Console hackers (for the reason of custom FW/homebrew that is) can also come to Norway. We have in our law a little paragraph that states you are entitled to do whatever the hell you want with your own stuff.
     
  9. Wisenheimer

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    Yeah, but there is a difference between a "console hacker" and a guy who is selling hacked consoles.

    In the US, I think it would be very difficult to prosecute someone criminally or even get a civil judgement if all they are doing is hacking consoles and publicly releasing the information or code that allows it (and such a suit might finally resolve some issues with the DMCA).

    On the other hand, if you are profiting from the sales of hacked consoles, I think a company like Nintendo might have a valid case against you, especially if it can be shown that the overwhelming use of your product is copyright infringement, as in the Napster case.
     
  10. Nightwish

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    Different country, different laws.
     
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    I guess this judge is pretty Lizzy-faire when it comes to console hacking.
     
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  12. jammybudga777

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    im bafflied..... why are some of you saying that there is a group selling wii u consoles with pre-installed apps??? wheres that info come from?
     
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    Well it's not like cops are gonna bust down my door if I manage to jailbreak my Wii U on my own here in the U.S.... but yay, I guess? Legality has never stopped Apple jailbreakers from releasing their jailbreaks.
     
  14. Foxi4

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    It's a shame that "jailbreaking" a Wii U impossible due to the fact that it's not running on any form of FreeBSD, Linux or Unix. :)

    The term is "(soft or hard) modding", peeps. :P
     
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    This.

    ...and even then: this is a ruling, not exactly the law itself. At best, it sets a precedent for similar Italian cases. The influence in other countries are going to be pretty much none (or 'negligent', if that's the correct English word).
     
  16. Bladexdsl

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    now bring on the hombrew
     
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    When you're a large company (such as Sony and Nintendo), if you wish you can do whatever you want, regardless of the law.
     
  18. cearp

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    so the courts decided that nintendo has to release a hack that enables piracy :) cool
    (joking)
     
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    Why does this look like it a lone here was photo shopped out and other words put in its place ?
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Nightwish

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    It just looks like a scan at a bad resolution to me.