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Aussies oppose the MOD-chip ban

Written by Lasse Penttinen @ 01 Aug 2003 9:22 User comments (18)

Aussies oppose the MOD-chip ban Well, who wouldn’t? Earlier this week Sony won their court ruling appeal against the court’s decision to allow MOD-chips and similar methods that used to bypass protections of console games. This makes MOD-chips illegal in Australia.
However, yesterday, the Federal Court upheld Sony's appeal against the decision, and ordered that the company be awarded legal costs. The chips are now illegal. The decision comes as a blow to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which intervened in the orginal case to argue in favour of upholding the chips' legality.
Now however, the The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised it’s voice against the recent court ruling.
The ACCC believes region coding is detrimental to consumers as it severely limits their choice and, in some cases, access to competitively priced goods," said the new ACCC chairman, Graeme Samuel. "The ACCC is disappointed that technology which can overcome these unfair restrictions will not be generally available for consumers' use.
Actually the region coding is not the worst feature of game console original games. The expensive game discs receive heavy usage, lot of swapping in and out from the device possibly in daily basis. And many of the console gamers are small kids, often carelessly handling the valuable discs. The consumers should have their fundamental right to make a backup in order to protect their property.

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18 user comments

11.8.2003 9:27

What the hell?! Just because some people use this as a chance to play pirate games DOES NOT mean it can be ****ing banned! I have broken 5 PS2 backup discs before and was really glad that it was a backup. I mean these originals cost around 45 pounds in England! Either Sony makes their games cheaper by at least 20 pounds, or they allow Modchips! That is totally ****ing unfair!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Aug 2003 @ 9:42

Everyone is entitled to their own true opinion. Either respect that or don't.

21.8.2003 9:41

Phew, just in time! Sorry if I offended any one.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Aug 2003 @ 9:43

Everyone is entitled to their own true opinion. Either respect that or don't.

31.8.2003 10:14

It's just another one of those stupid things in the world that doesn't make any sense at all. in america, at the age of 18 you can get married, have kids, and go to war and die for your country but you cant go in to a bar or drink alcohol until you are 21. it just makes no sense at all. just because you CAN use a mod chip for illegal purposes, doesn't mean the people that want them for legitimate reason should suffer. hell you can go buy a high powered rifle for hunting at the local department store with no problems, how do they know you actually aren't going to use it to go kill someone? it's just all a crock of crap and as long as they do what they are doing, we'll keep finding ways of doing what we are doing. never forget that alot of the guys that come up with these protection schemes are also guys just like us who beat them. it's the whole "cops and robbers" game, it will never go away. - friend of the forums, great guitar player
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42.8.2003 18:39

so finally sony got their way to stop people copying their discs when i put the mod kit in my sons ps2 i would like to see sony come in my house and sue me i will sue them for invasion of priversy and i would not buy any of their product again and if we really want to get back at them we should boycott all their products they are not the only manufacturer and with luck the other games makers will improve their products.

53.8.2003 4:56

Damn man better order them now

(adrenaline Is the closest Total freedom)

63.8.2003 4:59

I agree with all that has been said. Stand united and firm on your privacy, because little by little it is going by the wayside. Best to All! Rodgers

73.8.2003 17:05

A thought for all these companies: A comsumer with a scratched or damaged game (even movies)should be given a replacement by the company by sending in the damaged copy. If these companies really want to dampen or stop pir8ing, they got to introduce policies that are more consumer friendly. I have lost games to just one accident.

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83.8.2003 22:34

DiscoStew thinks this is againgst our rights to protect our investments. DiscoStew says" if im not aloud (as a consumer) to protect my investment, then what rights do i have when buying any product at all? well we have insurance ...BUT..(A game is not coverd by insurance unless it is store stock.) but what if the your PS2's cd drive scratches the game. (A product that is made only for another shouldn't be damaged when used) .............As soon as we open that clear plastic wrap we loose. its a sony discoStew says "down with sony!"

93.8.2003 22:36

Down with sony!

103.8.2003 22:45

our rights are going away

(adrenaline Is the closest Total freedom)

113.8.2003 23:52

Little by little we're losing it? Boy, you really don't know that not an ounce is left. Since "they want to be able to catch terrorists former privacy must be sacrificed for national security". Also they want to drived down the costs of marketing. I don't give a ****. I wan't my privacy. HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS PROGRAM?

124.8.2003 0:44

hahahaha sucked in sony you fags. i have my ps2 chipped and i Regularlly burn games. theres no way you can stop me.

The bunjalung people are hear to stay as well as their old ford falcons!

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154.8.2003 14:30

maybe we should start one of those petition online things and send it to sony. - friend of the forums, great guitar player
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164.8.2003 20:56

DiscoStew says "yeah! good idea darthnip" "The A.S.F" (the Anti Sony federation)

174.8.2003 22:56

The site Admin says: Goodbye DiscoStew

The old school is back. All hail the new !

185.8.2003 0:12

Total information awarness program? tel me more

(adrenaline Is the closest Total freedom)

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