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 Jun 08, 2005 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* "Super Xbox" retailers plead guilty

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Once again the DMCA trumps consumer rights - a couple of retailers have had to plead guilty of DMCA violations after selling modchip-equipped Xboxes.

The clerks would install chips into Xboxes themselves that thwarted the system's protection scheme. Once that was done, users could download and play games via the system's hard drive, which was also swapped out for a higher-capacity model than the standard 40-gigabyte drive.

The mere act of voiding the protection mechanisms was enough under the DMCA to pose a legal threat to the retailers, and the Pandora's Cube employees would furthermore pre-load the systems' hard drive with discounted copies of games, an obvious additional copyright violation.

 

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