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Sun, 4 Mar 2001 16:28:30 +1100 (EST)
On Sun, 4 Mar 2001, Bruce Arnold wrote:
> In recent posts to LINK Nick Smith at the ADA's highlighted public
> interest concerns about circumvention restrictions but the Slashdot
> item you've pointed to (and the underlying article in Australian IT)
> seems unexceptional. Specifically "... On monday morning it will be
> illegal to modify playstations in Australia to play pirated games. "
> Australia's not unique. Irrespective of views about the moral basis
> or social consequences of copyright, piracy *is* illegal in Canada,
> the US and the EU. There *are* restrictions in other jurisdictions
> on circumvention.
These modification are also necessary to be able to use games from a
different region (Playstation games have had the equivalent of DVD
region coding for years).
You can bet that the vendors of modification chips will be re-launching
their products as "region-free modifications" in due course. Depending
on the outcome of the ACCC's enquiry into DVD region coding, they may
actually have a leg to stand on.
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