Could chipping your player become illeagal?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by bowenjones, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. bowenjones

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    It could, if this article from dvd reviewer is anything to go by.....

    Modchip seller jailed for five months under DMCA posted at 06:21
    A court case that might have serious implications for companies selling modchips for DVD players has seen an American seller jailed for five months and fined nearly $30,000.

    David Rocci sold modchips for Microsoft's Xbox console from the Isonews website, which was also seized by the government as part of the legal action. The modchips allow users to play games from any country (instead of only the country where the console was bought) and also play backup copies of games (on DVD-R or directly from the consoles hard drive).

    Mr Rocci was convicted under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which makes it illegal to distribute tools that bypass copyright controls on digital products. The court case has effectively ruled modchips for consoles illegal in the United States.

    The case could have serious implications for sellers of modchips for DVD players, which defeat the Region coding and often also remove Macrovision copy protection from players – both considered to be bypassing of copyright controls by movie studios.

    In addition to his prison sentence, Mr Rocci will have to spent five months in home detention and be electronically tagged when he is released – plenty of time for him to play his original American Xbox games...

    Very bad news indeed!:nono:
     
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    Anyone know where he can get his tag chipped !!!
     
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    Yeah, this is different though. The xbox chip allows the use of "backup" games. Hence it's a copyright infringe ment issue.

    Out of interest I heard someone recently managed to run linux on an unmodified xbox expoiting a loop hole in the save game option in 007 Nightfire! seemingly it involved using a usb device that the xbox recognised and saving a streamlined version of linux to the hard drive.
     
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    Can you imagine how much profit the film studios would lose if region modification became illegal? DVD sales would drop significantly, so they'd be shooting themselves in the foot big time if they decided to prosecute anyone for region mods. And they know it.

    Macrovision is a different matter entirely though. Although you and I know that Macrovision is just a pain in the bum for people wanting to watch legitimate DVDs and would hardly impact DVD sales (if at all), the film studios probably see this one rather differently.

    Region mod scares are not new, we've seen them a few times in the press and they have always so far amounted to nothing but hot air. Just some journalist hack drawing tenuous conclusions with a view to russling up some interest in his/her story.
     

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