Unfortunately the above idiot who was arrested and charged with allegedly breaching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was dismissed of said charges today in court. The individual above is 28 year old Matthew Crippen.
The government charged that Crippen, a hotel car-parking manager, ran a small business from his Anaheim home modifying the firmware on Xbox 360 optical drives to make them capable of running pirated or unauthorized games.
Some shotty work by the prosecution has lead them to dismiss the case “based on fairness and justice.” (wired.com has great coverage from the past few days on the case)
From what I’ve read about the case, this guy was making money off of modding consoles. He then tried to defend himself by saying it was only so people could back their games up. Yep I’m sure that’s all people will do with their modded consoles. Your trusted customers would never rent/borrow tons of games only to make illegal copies to play (note my sarcasm).
Had this guy kept to himself and not blatantly advertised his modding services he could have stayed under the radar like wayyyyy too many other modders out there. Hopefully we’ll see some other cases like this in the future that are successful. Pirating games is illegal. I’d be the first to tell you that gaming is an expensive hobby but pirating games is basically like stealing money. Money that allows developers to keep putting out great games.
Support the industry and don’t cheat the system by modding.