need some help with legal issuses

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by camochase, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. camochase

    camochase GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    United States
    i need to know some of the exact laws, bills, and policies against modding hombrewing and pirating thanks alot
  2. Chary

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    Modding isn't illegal, because it's your own property.
  3. Its_just_Lou

    Its_just_Lou GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 11, 2013
    United States
    I can only offer this, as it seems semi-related -

    (Sad and rather uncalled-for issue) Our cable/internet cut out one day, and when I called the provider I was told "Paramount Pictures attorneys have contacted us regarding blah blah" ..... I told them I had NO idea about any "illegally obtained films" and told them I was VERY offended that they would treat a LONG-time customer this way, and all was restored and has been fine since. (Honestly, the rep that I spoke with said that it was all bullshit and that they were forced to do these 'routine calls'....foolish...)

    Ohhhh, well...

  4. mysticwaterfall

    mysticwaterfall Streamforce Supreme Commander

    Aug 11, 2008
    United States
    Right behind you
    There's a few specific things like the DMCA and other ip laws, but mostly it revolves around a series of court decisions. Bottomline is piracy is illeagal, homebrew varies depending on how its made/ used, modding varies (modding to get around copy protection is illegal, as one example. But jailbreaking to run legal unsigned code is legal. Many fine points like this).

    Googling should get you tons of stuff.
  5. camochase

    camochase GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    United States
    well the one big main bill i found was DMCA and it calls against basicly hardmodding when you go around security messures. and i have been googling just alot of posts not really mentioning of bills just what they think is illegal.
  6. BORTZ

    BORTZ Neighborhood Friendly

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    Dec 2, 2007
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    illegal or not, i dont think anyone is going to take action against you unless they break into your house with a warrant and find something lol
  7. chavosaur

    chavosaur Austin Trujillo

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    Mar 11, 2012
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    Baisically, your gonna be fine if you download a bunch of crap, they don't typically go after the downloaders. Its the up loaders they want.
    As for modding, seeing as you live in the U.S, you are legally allowed to mod anything, seeing as its your property.
    However, downloading IS illegal, but theres like a 1/1000000000000 chance your even gonna get caught, unless you download from a site thats being watched a lot.
    Id just suggest using torrents if your gonna download shiz.
  8. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Feb 4, 2010
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