Video Game Law Blog

March 19, 2005

Australia's position on mod chips just became more interesting. In 2002, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission intervened in a case launched by Sony Computer Entertainment Australia against Eddy Stevens, who was supplying mod chips to the Australian market, on the grounds that the PS2's region coding created artificial trade barriers which deprived Australians of their chance to purchase games and DVDs overseas. Unfortunately for Stevens, the ruling was overturned, and he has now filed a further appeal in Australia's High Court.

Sony, who is awaiting the decision of the Stevens appeal before proceeding, claims that recent changes to copyright laws, enacted by Australia to comply with its Free Trade Agreement with the USA, offer a fresh opportunity to bring the pain to Australia's nefarious mod chippers.

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