Student faces three years in prison for modifying Xbox 360

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  1. BowlOfSpiders
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    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    This is one unlucky dude.
     


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    The judge in this case is a real fucking badass and seems to have a great understanding of whats going on. I mean the fact that the Dept of Homeland Security was involved with the prosecution, a deptartment that was set up to catch Terrorists, is involved with stopping a kid from modding xboxs, shows how fucking bought-out our government really is. Some fun reading: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/xbox-judge-riled/
     
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    wow didn't know modifying was illegal I thought only piracy was odd do they know if he was commiting piracy as well?
     
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    Makes you sick.
    The laws are wrong; you should be allowed to do whatever the fuck you want to the hardware, but only by running pirated retail software (i.e not homebrew) is it breaking the law. Stupid fricking laws.
     
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    So...

    Microsoft runs the country.
     
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    What an absolute joke. Nothing more needs to be said.
     
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    It's not a good idea to make Xbox modding your home business
     
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    Overpriced, proprietary hardware?

    Yeah, makes sense.
     
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    oook, sorry dude, your bad luck. We can't alter an item what we payed for, so does that even make it our property? [​IMG]
     
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    Apparently, you're only paying to hold the system.

    It's like a really expensive petting zoo.
     
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    What's next? If you break your system, you can be fined up to 2x the cost of replacement for damaging their property. Oh wait... that's already in place.
     
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    Outrageous, you're right! But this is too silly, illegal to mod Fucksake.
     
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    People, people, calm down. The case isn't about modding the consoles. It's about getting paid to do it. If he modded all those consoles for free, he'd never be in this situation.
     
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    oh thank god! if that was the case, i would format my wii (idk if it is the same situation.)....
     
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    Lol Derp? Did you even read the article I posted above? He isn't being charged with getting paid for modding the xbox, hes getting charged directly with 2 DMCA violations for altering the code on the Xbox. The fact that he was advertising his service made him an easier target for the investigators, that is all.
     
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    Nothing about money
     
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    ..which is why he was caught and they're actively pursuing it. This isn't the first time it's happened--they go after bootleggers all the time. You should learn to pay better attention.

    That's why I love these topics. It's not "unlucky" when you're a profiteering asshat who decided he could make cash off other people's work. Then everybody starts flipping the fuck out because the government is gonna take away their pirated games.
     
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    There was no money involved. At least it wasn't stated explicitly. He's in trouble for modding other people's xbox. He's in trouble for modding... at least that's how I read it.
    He wasn't providing pirated software or illegal materials, all he did was attach the chip and probably modified the code.

    and it goes on to say that

    "The DMCA only requires a showing that the technological measure was related to a valid copyright interest, not that any infringement actually occurred," Gutierrez said. "Moreover, although the government will have to establish that the technological measure that Mr. Crippen allegedly circumvented was used to control access to copyrighted work, the government need not show that the modified Xbox's were actually used for infringing purposes."

    which means he messed with the xbox and they don't need proof that he was in anyway providing or using illegal software.
     
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    They can't possibly charge people for modding their our console but if you are advertisng to do other people's that's another story, like what this guy is doing. But still I don't think it's right, they don't owe the flipping hardware once they sold it to us, as company's are playing games like this which means we basically are renting the hardware and they still have full control.
     

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