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#1
not illegal in themselves, you can chip a ps2 so you can play imported japanese games which is perfectly legal, its copying the games which is illegal
#2
So its legal to chip a Playstation or Wii just NOT copy the games then,oh ok,never knew that.
#3
yup, obviously it'll invalidate your warranty and really I think its pretty obvious why people would chip a games console, but you own the console and the chips are just simple electronic components, if you want to chip it you're completely entitled to do so.
banned#4
thought it was illegal to chip the original playstation?
#5
lumoruk
thought it was illegal to chip the original playstation?


nope, I think the only people who've ever been convicted have also been selling copied games too. Its like buying a toaster and Kenwood telling you that legally, the only thing you can put in there is bread - put a pop tart in and we'll arrest you! I think the console manufacturers like to spread the myth chipping is illegal to ward people off.

http://techdirt.com/articles/20080612/0055131385.shtml
banned#6
chrishill
nope, I think the only people who've ever been convicted have also been selling copied games too. Its like buying a toaster and Kenwood telling you that legally, the only thing you can put in there is bread - put a pop tart in and we'll arrest you! I think the console manufacturers like to spread the myth chipping is illegal to ward people off.

http://techdirt.com/articles/20080612/0055131385.shtml


Sorry it was the selling of the chips that was illegal.

Ref your toaster. Its still illegal to throw a toaster in a bath to kill someone :)
banned#7
lumoruk
Sorry it was the selling of the chips that was illegal.


And still maybe, the judges comments were

Mr Higgs is a fortunate man in that it may well be that if the legislation had been less complex and/or the Crown had had greater opportunity to consider the details of copyright law the case would have been proved on the basis that merely playing a pirated game involves making a copy in the console and thus involves infringement. He may also be fortunate that, at least this far, he has not been sued in the civil courts. There the procedure is apt to be much faster, technical slip-ups in evidence can generally be readily cured before final judgment and the remedies of damages, an account of profits, injunction and legal costs are readily obtainable. Breach of an injunction, if serious, can of course itself lead to imprisonment.
banned#8
For selling ps2 mod chips
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2006/10/7913.ars

For selling xbox chipped consoles
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4650225.stm

In the above article it also states it has been illegal to modify games consoles since october 2003 when we signed up to the EU copyright directive
#9
lumoruk
For selling ps2 mod chips
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2006/10/7913.ars

For selling xbox chipped consoles
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4650225.stm

In the above article it also states it has been illegal to modify games consoles since october 2003 when we signed up to the EU copyright directive


those news stories are from 2005 and 2006, it may have been true at the time but the one I posted was from 2008. Considering you see people at computer fairs chipping consoles in plain view of the public, it can't be that illegal.
#10
lumoruk
. . . Its still illegal to throw a toaster in a bath to kill someone :)


Damn!
Back to the drawing board . . . :x
#11
one of the main chip sellers in the uk was taken to court for this and it was declared illegal.
but this was overturned some time later and still stays that way..
#12
Why do you object to people selling chipped plates and ornaments :p

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