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Old Nov 26, 2002, 07:13 AM
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From the Screen Savers.com

Talkback: The Mess Over Mod Chips


Do game console mod chips encourage software piracy? Should they be illegal?

By Dave Roos
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In the spirit of mod day on "The Screen Savers," Yoshi and Megan want your opinion on so-called "mod chips," small electronic devices that let console gamers play pirated games and titles encoded for other regions such as Japan. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are suing mod chip distributors, but gamers insist that it's their right to play backup copies of their own software.

Should mod chips be illegal? Read the story...

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Lik Sang International used to be one of the most popular sites to purchase mod chips for Sony's PlayStation 2, Microsoft's Xbox, and Nintendo's GameCube. Then, in October of this year, the proverbial chips hit the fan. As this ZDNet article reports, the Hong Kong-based Lik Sang was forced to halt sales of its mod chips due to a lawsuit filed by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

But it looks like little Lik Sang isn't going down without a fight. According to this press release, Lik Sang has sold all its inventory and staff to a company called Pacific Game Technology so the management of Lik Sang can concentrate its effort on fighting the lawsuit.

"Lik Sang has been working with international spe******ts and is about to file strong defense for a long trial," the press release reads. It is unclear, however, whether Pacific Game Technology will continue to sell the controversial mod chips.


Earlier this year, the Australian Federal Court ruled that PlayStation 2 mod chips are legal for Aussies. Australian gamers rely on the mod chips to play games encoded for Japan and the United States. Without the chips, the court decided, their choices would be greatly limited.

In the United States, the best argument for keeping mod chips legal is that they let gamers play backup copies of their own games. This is the same argument that's used in the fight against strict copy protection of CDs. Many gamers and music fans believe they should be allowed to make copies of their own property according to common "fair use" guidelines.

What do you think?

Should mod chips be stopped? Do most gamers use mod chips to play pirated software? Does Lik Sang have a chance against the "big three" of gaming? Share your thoughts...


Should mod chips be illegal?



Yes
No


Looks like it's not over yet... take care all... CFizz

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Old Nov 26, 2002, 11:56 AM
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Old Nov 26, 2002, 12:47 PM
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No way, modchips should stay legal! And best of luck to Lik Sang too, it is sad to see what has happened to them, they were pretty unique.
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Old Nov 26, 2002, 02:23 PM
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you know what knifes are evil tools of death.
cars only encourage lazyness and speeding.
and trainers are only for running away from pigs in.
get the picture? so what if some people use it for mass piracy.
all my consoles are chipped but i will still buy games and movies if they are good enough.
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Old Nov 26, 2002, 02:27 PM
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How about NO?
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Old Nov 26, 2002, 02:30 PM
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indeed... i'm not paying 45 a game!! ill pay 2 thankyou!!
 

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