Amendments To Australian Copyright Law Will Legalize Some Mod-Chips

Video Game Law Blog

December 05, 2006

It will be back to the drawing board for console makers who have to re-think anti-piracy technology in consoles after the Australian government announced plans to pass amendments legalizing mod chips that circumvent certain kinds of anti-piracy technology.

Under the amendments, technologies which prevent the use of copyrighted material legally bought in a different geographic region will not have the benefit of anti-circumvention laws.  Only those mod chips whose sole purpose is to thwart anti-piracy technology will be illegal. 

The amendments are suspected to be passed this week.  More coverage on this at Australian IT