Three DC-area video game stores were raided recently, resulting in the seizure of equipment and the arrest of two employees. The charge modifying Xbox consoles so that they could play pirated copies of video games. Some of the modified consoles on display already held 15 or more games on their hard drives. The employees were charged with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and conspiracy to traffic in a device that circumvents technological protection measures. This is a reminder that copyright infringement is a criminal offence, and that game makers can look to criminal proceedings as well as civil actions to protect their copyright.
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