Sony Australia Gets Injunction Against USB Mod Chip Sales in Australia

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There's a USB-based "mod chip" kicking about for the PlayStation 3, which will "jailbreak" the console and reportedly allow for owners to play back-up copies of games and it opens the door for homebrew software.

The legality of mod chips in the United States and many other territories, including Australia, are cloudy. They do violate things like the United States' DMCA because of their ability to circumvent copy protection, but the legality of a device must be determined on a case-by-case basis in court.

In Australia, Sony is looking to do so with the PS3 Jailbreak device and has gotten the federal courts there to issue a temporary injunction against the sale of this device through August 31 (via Kotaku).

During this time, all of the offending chips will be left with Sony's people, while the long-term legality of the device is examined. If the courts do not decide to ban the chip, they will go back on sale on September 1.

We'll update you when a decision is rendered.

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    August 27, 2010 11:16 AM

    "Mod chips are illegal in the United States"

    What? No they're not. It's been argued that they are against the DMCA, but as of yet nothing has ever been put to trial about it. And they are readily available online, and at many non-gamestop stores.

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      August 27, 2010 11:37 AM

      where did you pull this quote from?

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        August 27, 2010 11:57 AM

        The story before I changed it ;)

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          August 27, 2010 1:31 PM

          Well now I just look like a doof.

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            August 27, 2010 2:22 PM

            This is why you should send these things via Shackmessage ;)

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            August 27, 2010 7:15 PM

            No you don't.
            On the other hand it looks bad when someone modifies claims made in a story without annotating.