US Raids 30 Sites for Mod Chips

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  1. m|kk|
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  2. thieves like us

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    left of the pond
  3. TanookiSuit

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    Nice... that's a fairly well sized raid there on people too stupid to cover their tracks. Just a teeny percentage of the pie, but it's still hurtful.
     
  4. adgloride

    adgloride Its A Wii Wario

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    I can understand them raiding for the wii modchips as you can play copies as soon as they are fitted. With the PS2 and Xbox modchip, I'm not too sure about the latest PS2 modchip but the xbox modchip comes with a legal bios installed that doesn't allow you to play copied games until you flash it with an illegal bios.
     
  5. iTech

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    This makes me wonder once more if Emulators, which allow backups to be played as well, are legal.
    I have researched the matter thoroughly and still can only guess due to the massive amounts of ambiguity out there. Not being an American citizen complicates things even more. The matter is very important to me as, well, here's some code I am working on right now;

    Code:
    /*----------------------------------------------------------------*/
    static inline void onExecute_R3000A(void * start_pc)
    /*----------------------------------------------------------------*/
    {
    ÂÂÂÂ/* Execute a non-returning block of instructions (run a program) */
    Â Â//register uint32 opcode;
    Â Â//register uint32 pc;
    
    Â Âif(start_pc != NULL)
    Â Â Â Âr3000a_pc = *(uint32*)start_pc;
    Â Âelse
    Â Â Â Âr3000a_pc = *(uint32*)r3000a.program_counter;
    
    Â Âr3000a_base = ((uint32)r3000a.memory[0]->data) - (r3000a_pc & ~0x1fffff);
    
    Â Âfor(;;)
    Â Â{
    Â Â Â Âif(!r3000a.status_change)
    Â Â Â Â{
    Â Â Â Â Â Âr3000a_opcode = *(uint32*)((unsigned char*)r3000a_base + r3000a_pc);
    Â Â Â Â Â Âr3000a_registers.name.r0 = 0;
    
    Â Â Â Â Â Âr3000a_basic[r3000a_opcode >> 26]();
    
    Â Â Â Â Â Âr3000a_pc += 4;
    Â Â Â Â}
       Âelse  Â/* Do the shit below during idle CPU time! */
    Â Â Â Â{
    Â Â Â Â Â Âr3000a.status_change = 0;
    
    Â Â Â Â Â Âif(r3000a.reset_status)
    Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ÂonReset_R3000A();
    Â Â Â Â Â Âelse
    Â Â Â Â Â Âif(!r3000a.power_status)
    Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ÂonPowerOff_R3000A();
    Â Â Â Â Â Âelse
    Â Â Â Â Â Âif(r3000a.freeze_status)
    Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ÂonFreeze_R3000A();
    Â Â Â Â}
    Â Â}
    }
    I don't want to spoil anything, but you could say I'm working on emulation for a particular system on a Nintendo platform as we speak. Though I am not an American citizen but a European one, my "primary place of business" would be considered the US if I released an emulator, which might still target me as a criminal under the DMCA. Even more complex are the issues around copyrighted/patented copy protection schemes. It seems that emulating those copy protection schemes that are protected by patent (as in a device) or copyright (as in a Rom) laws is "more" illegal in some cases than not including any copy protection at all (which would allow backups to be played, and would also be illegal)

    To make a long story short; The DMCA is The Great Whore Of Babylon and will kills us all my making our heads explode out of shear over-taxation (pun intended, bitch).
     
  6. Taras

    Taras I'm Not Hating, I'm Just Sayin'

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    Dude, the game&watch collection is tired already.
     
  7. iTech

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    Ah come on, I gave it away in that post.
    Not to mention this one;
    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=55950

    Officially though, I am silent. I never go out announce things that are not at least half finished.
     
  8. Tribis

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    Cover their tracks??? These are legal retailers not criminals selling bootleg dvd's in China Town. I know you all know ModChipMan.com....word is he was hit.
     
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  10. iTech

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    Damn you! I was reading what you linked and after getting so angry I started yelling "People have been laundering money long before they invented some piece of crap computer chip ..." at the screen and jumping out of my chair at the same time, I lost my balance and fell back into my chair because I stood up too fast, pushing the chair with my back into a wooden rack behind me, and nearly snapping my fucking neck.

    I'm not joking, I'm in serious pain... Fuck man!
    You think it's just software piracy that hurts developers? Think again!


    [​IMG]
     
  11. Kiok

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    *sigh* this aint good.
     
  12. Mewgia

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    lolz
     
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    Man I'm happy I live in Canada.
     
  14. Spikey

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    I'm happy that you live in Canada too! [​IMG] I'm just messing with you, dude. [​IMG]
     
  15. [M]artin

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    Holy shit, m|kk| lives?!
     
  16. Spikey

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    Oh, yes, of course she does. She was checking on our stock when she came across this is related news(to our stock), so she saw it and submitted it here. [​IMG]
     
  17. [M]artin

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    You guys are involved in the business dealings of the chips that be doing teh modding?[/whisper] :shiftyeyes:
     
  18. Spikey

    Spikey Your Special Someone

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    No, we own lots of Nintendo stock. [​IMG]
     
  19. [M]artin

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    I own lots of WiiKey stock. [​IMG]
     
  20. When Im Gone

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    Wow all that just because I posted a link. I feel special now.
    I don't think it hurts them that much, but what I do think is that they are just pissed people aren't spending money for their games.