MS threatening to pull X-Box from Australia

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    http://gamespot.com/gamespot/stories...895274,00.html
    To sum up: Sony sued some guy in Sydney for selling mod chips for the PS2, which Sony claimed violated Australia's copyright protection laws (which are apparently very similar to the DMCA in the U.S.). A federal judge ruled that mod chips are legal because they allow players to play imported games and personal backup copies, both of which are legal under Australian law. So MS is threatening to stop selling X-Box hardware in Australia unless the government either reverses the decision or passes new, stronger copyright protection legislation. Presumably they would continue to sell software in Australia should it come to that, although personally I don't think they have the guts to go through with it.
     
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    Yeah sounds like standover tactics to me.... now that they have released the revised xbox that no current modchips are compatible with you'd think MS would be resting easy... for now anyway.
     
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    Well, they're a bit daft for continuing to link region checks with actual copy protection in the build of the box. But that's the same for Sony as well.
     
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    The new XBox has already been cracked.

    Gee, do you think selling a multi-region XBox in Australia might make more sense than dropping the entire market?
     
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    Or just giving up the regionalization period?
     
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    If I were an Australian consumer I'd tell Steve Balmer to cram it.
     
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    Bingo, I'd never chip another system if they killed region coding

    As far as backups go, I think a law requiring the company to provide a mail-in disc exchange program AT COST (say, $2+ shipping) on a permanent basis (Disney is basically doing this) would eliminate any need for people to make personal backups. CDs are not floppy discs which can just give up the ghost in an instant, and the only people bitching about needing to back up their games are just using it as a euphamism for piracy
     
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    Well, if the law in australia says that backups have to be legal, I'd pull out of their market too.

    I don't believe in draconian measure like the DCMA, but to give legal protection to pirates is WAY to far in the other direction.
     
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    Most manufacturers will replace a disc now, they just charge you $10 for it. You just need to call them

    The Australian ruling is based more on the fact that they are currently trying to force the movie studios to stop screwing the Australian people. Australia is a small, spread out population on a continent that's a good distance away from any major distribution center, requiring its own games because only they and New Zealand speak English(official language) for about the next 8000mi.

    Aussies are sick of being screwed, waiting forever for releases, so the government is going to encourage modchipping until the studios stop screwing the Aussie people

    (on the flipside, the studios are going to keep screwing the Aussie people as long as they keep importing everything, catch-22)
     

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