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Library of Congress Rejects Exemption, Rules JailBreaking PS3 Illegal 1000°
November 4, 2012 // 12:13 am - As of October 26, 2012 the Library of Congress has rejected a proposed exemption that would allow for the JailBreaking of video game consoles including the PlayStation 3, ruling that PS3 JailBreaking is to be considered illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Download: Full DMCA Ruling 2012.pdf

Because the Register determined that the evidentiary record failed to support a finding that the inability to circumvent access controls...

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PS Jailbreak Found Illegal by Australian Courts 800°
September 2, 2010 // 11:27 pm - The day has come and it seems the injunction against PS Jailbreak has not been lifted, but continued until further notice, and that the distributor, China Sun Trading Limited must turn over all stock intended for suppliers in Australia.

Justice Dodds-Streeton has ordered that PS Jailbreak may not be imported, distributed to another person, offered to the public, provided for another person, or dealt in despite a free...

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EA Asks Journalists: Please Give Us Back Our Illegal Weapons 50°
April 14, 2009 // 9:20 pm - Recently GamePolitics expressed its consternation towards EA's Godfather II 'swag kit' containing Brass Knuckles.

The publisher then began a flurry of hush-hush phone calls to arrange the return of the weapons. EA declined to comment beyond expressing a desire to assist journalists in proper disposal of the items.

To quote: The game in question: Godfather II, a Grand Theft Auto-style adventure based...

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GameStop Sells Played Games as New, Practice Could be Illegal 250°
April 10, 2009 // 11:47 pm - The alleged practice of GameStop lending new copies of games to employees at their stores and then later selling those games as new, unused copies, may be a violation of federal law.

GameStop's "check-out" policy, confirmed to Kotaku by a number of the chain's managers and employees, could fall under scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission.

Reached for comment this afternoon, GameStop officials declined to comment.

To quote: "We do not comment on corporate policies that are competitive in nature," said Chris Olivera, vice president of corporate communications....

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R4 Nintendo DS Cart Now Illegal in Japan, Others Being Pursued 50°
February 27, 2009 // 10:25 pm - Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have won their battle against the R4 cartridge for the Nintendo DS. It is now officially illegal to sell the R4 anywhere in Japan, and Nintendo has vowed to fight against other similar products.

To quote: Today, the Tokyo District Court has found in Nintendo's favour and granted an injunction against sales of the R4. Most outlets had already stopped selling it due to the lawsuit's pressure, but it's now officially against the law to sell it in Japan.

Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have released a statement crowing about the victory, highlighting...

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Canadian bill targets illegal downloads, unlocking iphones, more 250°
June 11, 2008 // 8:00 pm - According to the Canadian Press, the "Federal government is expected to introduce legislation Thursday that will seek to make it easier to prosecute individuals who download copyrighted material from the Internet."

Experts say that Canada has finally given in to pressure from the U.S government to crackdown on illegal filesharing with provisions including: A $500 fine for each illegal file shared online, making it illegal to unlock cellphones or copy music from protected CDs to iPods, forbidding the right to copy "time shifted" shows onto personal video recorders if flagged by broadcasters.

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Mr. Modchips Nets 1 million, Gets Convicted 50°
October 26, 2007 // 3:41 pm - Neil Stanley Higgs of Bristol, who set up his mod-chip operations in 2002, is said to have pocketed turnover in excess of £1 million from his illegal business dealings.

39 year-old Higgs was found guilty of 26 offences: three counts of advertising, supplying and selling modification chips designed to enable people to play illegally copied games on their consoles, 12 counts of possessing 19 chipped games consoles and another 11 counts of possessing Executor modchips for Microsoft consoles, as well as Viper GC chips for Nintendo systems. He was cleared of a further four counts...

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Anti file-sharing laws considered 50°
October 25, 2007 // 4:36 am - The UK government could legislate to crack down on illegal file-sharers, a senior politician has told the BBC's iPM programme. Lord Triesman, the parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills, said intellectual property theft would not be tolerated.

"If we can't get voluntary arrangements we will legislate," he said. The comments could prove controversial with privacy advocates and internet service providers.

Lord Triesman called on internet service providers to take a "more activist role" in the problem of illegal file-sharing.

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