Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Nov 2010 22:51 UTC
Legal "A California man charged with violating the DMCA by installing mod chips in Xbox 360 consoles won't be allowed to claim 'fair use' at his scheduled jury trial next week, a federal judge ruled Tuesday - a decision potentially devastating to the defense, and not particularly favorable to anyone who thinks they have the right to tinker with hardware that they've bought and paid for."
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RE: Nice
by hollovoid on Sat 27th Nov 2010 06:40 UTC in reply to "Nice"
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I dont think the two are comparable.

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RE[2]: Nice
by looncraz on Sat 27th Nov 2010 14:54 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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No, what is comparable, however, is modifying your car so you can put a non-standard radio into your car. Or a different type of battery...

That is very comparable.

For an exact comparison, however:

Car companies may soon begin suing you for bypassing the minimal protections in place to prevent you from re-flashing the firmware on your ECUs.

This means performance modding companies will soon be down the tubes, and be treated akin to mass murderers - but with lower jail times...

--The loon

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RE[3]: Nice
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 15:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
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In Europe, the EU ordered all manufacturers to open up training material and parts specifications for all car models, to allow independent service shops to service and fix cars.

I would LOVE to see something similar enacted for the technology world.

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RE[2]: Nice
by Luminair on Sun 28th Nov 2010 06:10 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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I do think they are

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