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California Student Arrested for Console Hacking

jhoger (519683) writes | more than 5 years ago

Games 2

jhoger writes "Matthew Crippen was arrested and released August 3rd, 2009 on $5000 bond for hacking game consoles (for profit) in violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

This is terribly disturbing to me... this man could lose 10 years of his freedom for providing a service of altering hardware. He could well lose much of his freedom for providing a modicum of it to others. There is no piracy going on, necessarily... the games that could then be run may simply not be signed by the vendor. It's much like jailbreaking an iPhone.

But it seems because he is disabling a "circumvention device" it is a criminal issue.

Time to kick a few dollars over to the EFF!"

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Missing from summery... (1)

xscess (1482615) | more than 5 years ago | (#28936803)

on federal charges that he illegally modified video game consoles to enable the machines to play pirated video games.

is accused of modifying Xbox, PlayStation and Wii consoles.

But does "pirated video games" include clones? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28940465)

The article might have been written under the assumption that, say, Frozen Bubble is a pirated copy of Bust-A-Move, or Lockjaw is a pirated copy of Tetris, or StepMania is a pirated copy of Dance Dance Revolution, or Quattro Pro is a pirated copy of 1-2-3 [wikipedia.org] , or Linux is a pirated copy of SCO UNIX [wikipedia.org] . Until a reliable source releases more details as to how the systems were modified, I can't tell one way or the other. A drivechip would imply running illegal copies of game discs, but a jailbreak like Bannerbomb might imply only running student or hobbyist productions.
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