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Microsoft's bricking of modified Xbox 360 consoles may bring the company its latest class action suit. Microsoft tells the over 1 million banned customers to buy a new Xbox 360 or deal with their crippled unit.
Legal firm is looking for banned Xbox owners to participate in suit

Gamers are really into tweaking their gear for fun and to achieve the best performance during gameplay. PC gamers overclock their hardware to get more performance for less money and console gamers have modded their Xbox 360 consoles for many reasons (some for innocent reasons, some for nefarious reasons).

Microsoft appears to feel that the only reason to mod an Xbox 360 is to allow the console to play pirated download software. A law firm based in Texas that specializes in IP has launched a new website to gather Xbox 360 users who have been banned for modding their consoles. The main goal of the firm is to find out whether there are enough console owners that were banned to start a class action suit against Microsoft.

The law firm wrote on its website, "Microsoft has chosen to use one of the most indiscriminate "weapons" in its arsenal in an effort to combat piracy -- as a result, use of this "weapon" has resulted in a great deal of collateral damage -- many people were affected who had nothing to do with piracy."

According to the law firm, AbingtonIP, the bans were strategically timed so that they didn’t interfere with the sales and new Xbox Live registrations that were seen around the launch of HALO ODST and the recent launch of Modern Warfare 2. AbingtonIP states that had the bans happened before the launch of these games the profits reaped by Microsoft would have been diminished.

So far the Xbox 360 ban has led to more than 1 million consoles being banned from the network with the official recourse for the banned players being to buy a new console and not mod it this time around. A potential fix for banned consoles that doesn't involve buying a new Xbox 360 surfaced. The workaround is called iXtreme LT and the goal of the workaround is to provide a minimum amount of security checks and make the firmware as close to stock as possible to avoid detection and the resulting ban.

The fix arrived but was rather complex and required that the Xbox 360 not have been updated or the player to have access to the CPU key of the console. DailyTech has also spoke with an attorney -- Jeffrey Johnson -- about the banning of Xbox 360 console form the Xbox Live network.

Microsoft's official statement on the banning of certain consoles reads, "Our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox Live community remains a top priority,” he wrote. “All consumers should know that piracy is illegal, and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs, violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live."

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RE: PS3 anyone?
By callmeroy on 11/23/2009 12:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
Horrid analogy there..

Modding your xbox is how you run pirated software / cracked software.....

You want to mod your car -- go ahead, but the equivalent of pirating software with a modded xbox would be that of "modding" your car with stolen parts.....

Either way -- its against the law.

RE: PS3 anyone?
By Tom mc3s on 11/24/09, Rating: 0
RE: PS3 anyone?
By callmeroy on 11/24/2009 8:20:22 AM , Rating: 3
Also, piracy is a little hard to categorize as theft which is why it is in no way considered so in a court of law. It's infringement on a copyright.

I like to think of myself as open to people's views and opinions but the quote I posted above from your post is where your particular view lost complete and total credibility with me, rending your entire post null and void - like it never happened.

I don't often like to name came in posts, I don't think its very productive -- but in your case....sorry but you are f*cking moron.

RE: PS3 anyone?
By callmeroy on 11/24/2009 8:21:27 AM , Rating: 2
LOL --- *name call that should have been.....

RE: PS3 anyone?
By Tom mc3s on 11/25/2009 7:20:23 AM , Rating: 2
the quote I posted above from your post is where your particular view lost complete and total credibility with me

Wait, so someone else's post is where my viewpoints lost credibility with you? You didn't quote anybody.

Furthermore, do you disagree with what I said about piracy being theft? If you know of a way to prove it in court then feel free to explain that to me. I'm sure the RIAA would love to hear about it too considering they haven't been able to do so thus far.

You can dispense with the name calling as well, it's not appreciated and you're absolutely right when you say it isn't productive.

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