"In Europe it's always been illegal under the EU Copyright Directive to manufacture region free DVD or Blu-ray players."Link, please? Since I don't believe that's true.With most of the DVD players, these region restrictions were done in the software level. So they didn't really "manufacture" region coded players. There were always some tricks (often via remote, so it was simple) to get the player region free. I've done it many times (Sony, Panasonic, etc) back in the days. Sometimes they did it for you in the store!With BD players the region coding is not that simple to remove, but I highly doubt that it's "illegal". Like I said earlier, region coding is there because of the bigger studios/licensors. It isn't there to prevent piratism or something like that.