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[quote]UK console modder wins appeal
Legal case against MrModChips is quashed based on argument that piracy already taken place before chip used, defendant awarded full costs.
By Emma Boyes, GameSpot UK
Posted Jun 12, 2008 8:55 am ET

An online retailer who imported mod chips from Hong Kong to allow overseas and copied games to be played on consoles walked free from court yesterday, opening up the possibility that modding may now be legal in the UK.

Neil Higgs, who runs Web site MrModChips, was facing the possibility of up to two years in jail for importing and selling the chips since 2002. The 38-year-old operated his business from his parents' home in Bristol, and sold both pre-modded consoles and the chips themselves.

According to Team Xecuter, "The granting of this appeal based on the argument that the copyright infringement has already taken place before the use of a modchip has resulted in the squashing of all 26 counts." The appeal was heard by Judge Justice Jacobs.

The MrModChips Web site currently has a picture of former British prime minister Winston Churchill making the victory sign, and the word 'Victory!' Higgs also thanked his legal team and well wishers for their support during his case.

GameSpot confirmed with the Court of Appeal Criminal Division that the counts against Higgs had been quashed.

The verdict of the appeals case follows one in Australia, which legalized mod chips in the country back in 2002, when Sony lost its legal battle to sue a seller. Judge Ronald Sackville declared that the mod chips did not violate Australian laws forbidding circumventing 'technological protection measures,' as they also prevented legal activity including playing back-up and imported games. [/quote]
Truly a good first step in the UK to make mod chips legal again,let hope this snow balls into breaking the current anti mod chip laws.


Ah modern gaming its like modern film only the watering down of fiction and characters is replaced with shallow and watered down mechanics, gimmicks and shiny-er "people".
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