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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live."
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