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 Mar 15, 2005 - 02:00 PM - by Michael
* Sony still persecuting modders

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Sony's planning to keep attacking modchip makers in Australia, as their court date comes near in one case.

The High Court is expected to rule this month on mod chip maker Eddy Stevens' appeal against a July 2003 Federal Court verdict that his products violate Australia's copyright laws. That ruling was, in turn, the result of Sony's appeal against a lower court judgement that selling mod chips was not necessarily an infringement of copyright.

Sony lost that case because it had failed to show that the PS2 security system was a "technological protection measure" as defined by the 2000 Digital Agenda Amendments to Australia's Copyright Act. It was also argued that Sony's restrictions on the use of PS2 games bought overseas amounted to an artificial trade barrier.
It's always a laugher, that way. Sony could have designed their "protection" to allow import games, but they didn't, so they fail the test. Pure and simple.
 

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