College Student Hauled Off for Hacking Game Consoles

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Muerte

actually he could very well face jail time.  Not for the act of modifying the console, but selling the console.  And i'm sure they found all kinds of pirated games and movies, so this guy could be doing time.  He will probably get a suspended sentence and probation but he could do more. 

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Devo85x

It is illegal if you mod consoles to get past copyright protection (like this guy did)... its the same reason it is illegal to copy your movies... because you are getting past copy protection... they couldnt do anything to him if he was putting linux on the consoles or modding the case, but what he did is another story... and, unlike you, I would rather not people walk up to me with a sawn-off shotgun under their coat... and you probibly should care... since if everyone could do that, there would be mass chaos... as for the car thing, have you ever heard of illegal car mods?  or even if you didnt mod it.. you break a taillight... you get a ticket... and wouldnt that compairison be the dealership (walmart or where the guy got the consoles) and the guy (the bank robber?) but you have a third party... a better compairison would be the dealership sells a car to a guy who gives the car to someone and makes them rob a bank... then you have the dealership (walmart or w/e) the guy who buys the car (this guy) and the guys who rob the bank (this guys customers) in ether of these sinarios, this guy gets arrested and the dealership is fine... because the dealership did not have a part in it... you have a response to this?

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nekollx

 unlessyou wave DMCA or "them Terrorists" around. Then you can arrest people for breathing air.

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Muerte

Not really.  The constitution does give us certain rights.  Now they might be able to tax you for the air and arrest you when you don't pay the tax.  But I doubt very much you could be arrested for just breathing.

some people probably should be arrested for breathing, Michael Jackson's father for one, but they will probably go on fouling the earth until they die naturally.

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Tekzel

What is this constitution you speak of?  Ohhh, you mean that old document that the goverment has been working on making irrelevant for decades?  The one the Bush administration pulled out of its nice box and pissed all over?  That one?

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nekollx

 no you dont understand! Those air breathers when in concert can produce a dangerous toxin called CO2.They need to arrest these dangerous bio terrorists!

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mrvander

I for one am glad this hardened criminal is off the streets. The people can all sleep well tonight knowing the gubmint has made them that much safer.

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nekollx

 i'm just relived to know that my XBox wont be thrateing National Security thanks to this dirt bag.

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kanzy

Keep the skills to yourself...

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