Console games 'hack' reseller gets community service order
Mods and rockers
A Leicestershire-based computer reseller who modified video games consoles to run pirated games has been sentenced to a lengthy spell of community service.
Thomas Norwood, 40, a director of Modchip Fitters, pleaded guilty to importation and sale of electronic cards that circumvented anti-piracy controls on Nintendo Wiis, Microsoft Xboxes and other consoles back in November. At a sentencing hearing last week he received a 12-month community service order. A two-month nighttime curfew was also imposed on Norwood, who still faces a proceeds of crime hearing.
Norwood operated a website selling the console mod chips that made hundreds of sales to customers in the UK and elsewhere before his activities came to the attention of Leicestershire Trading Standards Service, which launched an investigation. Trading standards officers obtained a court order during 2008 and carried out a raid, which resulted in the seizure of software and hardware valued at £60,000.
Gamers who pay for illicit console modification kit are likely to end up the loser, Leicestershire Trading Standards warns.
David Bull, Head of Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards Service, commented: "Consumers who have had their games consoles chipped, modified or flashed are likely to have their game's consoles disabled without notice when they operate it online as a result of legitimate action taken by the equipment manufacturers."
Bull added: "This type of crime is becoming more common and is a serious threat to legitimate businesses." ®
Don't pretend you're protecting the consumer, Mr Bull.
Arguments about the legitimacy of the nodding operation aside -- Trading Standards were working to protect the companies who were pissed off that their consoles' restrictions were hacked. By all means, Mr Bull, be proud to protect IP if that's what you believe -- please don't pretend you give a shit about the consumer (at least not in this instance).
Yet interestingly Sony BMG and First 4 Internet haven't been persued in the UK for their criminal activities (CMA90 S1, S2, S3) in sneaking rootkits on to legimate Music buyers computers, when they decided to use root kits to protect their comercial interests.
So come on trading standards, remember you where created to protect the CONSUMER, not be the lap dog of large companies.
Don't you know that mod chips are distributed by The Serious Organised Terrorists, and that they sneak out at night and harvest your childrens' organs while they sleep?
Why do you hate the children?
Isn't that widely known as a euphemism for an organized crime front operation?
Stupid Laws and Stupidity Enforcing Them
If I pay good money to buy an electronic device, common sense says that if I choose to have it modified, it is my RIGHT to choose that modification, be it changing the paint scheme, through to allowing it to run the programs I want to run on it.
If the customer then goes on to commit IP theft, making use of the modification, then that IP theft crime should be persued.
Using the logic that has created this monster of legislation, all garage mechanics and motorcar manufactureres would be in jail, because the cars they worked on, had subsequently been used to commit a crime.
A clear case of gross stupidity in legislatiion.