We now have some authoritative clarification about the legal status of modchips in the EU for the first time. As longstanding readers of this blog will know, I’ve been writing about modchips for some time. Here’s a quick recap of the latest position. What are modchips? Essentially, a modchip is a technology which permits you to circumvent restrictions… Continue reading Modchips now legal in the EU (as long as they’re not naughty)
Sony is bringing a potentially landmark lawsuit against a PS3 modchip seller over the legality of modchips in Australia. Most recently, Sony secured a temporary injunction against the seller, Ozmodchips.com, banning them from selling any modchips while the lawsuit proceeds. In this guest post, Melchor Raval comments on the lawsuit and what it could mean… Continue reading Sony brings landmark modchips lawsuit in Australia
It seems that Nintendo is on a mission to gun down modchip sellers at the moment. I posted in May 2010 that Nintendo was suing New York-based modchip seller NXP Games, Inc. The 1709 Blog has just reported that Nintendo has successfully just sued another modchip seller in Holland. And, last week, Nintendo won a… Continue reading Nintendo v Playables – the latest modchip case considered
GamePolitics reports that Nintendo is suing NXPGame Inc, New York based reseller of Nintendo DS modchips, as well as its owner apparently. It is seeking $150,000 for infringement of each copyright work and $2 million for infringement of each Nintendo trademark. We’ve previously discussed the legality of modchips on this blog. In the UK, the… Continue reading Nintendo sues another modchip reseller
GamePolitics reports that the Australian Federal Court “has ordered RSJ IT Solutions, operators of the website GadgetGear, to stop selling R4 mod chips for the Nintendo DS and to pay Nintendo $520,000 AU in damages“. You might fairly assume from that headline that modchips are illegal in Australia. Not so. When we previously discussed the… Continue reading Nintendo ‘wins’ Australian modchip lawsuit, but are modchips actually illegal Down Under?
[This article was first posted on Gamaustra here] This article is about modchips: is their sale/use illegal or not? We look at three recent cases in England, Spain and France – which show an interesting divergence of European opinion as to the legality of modchips: not every country thinks that modchips are a bad thing. … Continue reading Are modchips illegal?