Modding Is Illegal… At Least If 80 Pirated Games Are A Mod

Video Game Law Blog

July 19, 2005

A 22-year old man was recently charged in the UK for modifying and selling Xboxes. The modification of video game consoles is illegal in the UK due to its adoption of the EU Copyright Directive. Although official comments from ELSPA – the Entertainment& Leisure Software Publishers Association – state that this conviction sends a signal to would-be modders, the importance of this case should not be overstated. Here, the Xboxes were not only chipped, but also sold with 80 pre-installed pirated games, leading us to wonder whether it was the software piracy or the mod chip that lead to enforcement.

Article at