Sources: The Sixth Axis, VG247, Gizmodo
quote: If he bought it on amazon, and amazon delivered it to him, then it has clearly been released to him. If it was indeed an amazon copy, i don't know, then it is amazons issue, not his. His contract was money for a game, amazon took his money and gave him his game. deal done. Amazons contract with the developer and producers, that would have been no distribution until a certain date. Amazon breached it's contract with it's supplier, not the guy who got the game.
quote: This wouldn't hold up anywhere in a court of law
quote: he did not acquire the software illegally
quote: His hardware still works fine, his software also still works fine. The online service is what he is banned from here.
quote: I am the not-so-proud owner of a banned XBOX360 due to flashing the DVD-ROM firmware to boot unsigned code (homebrew.)
quote: Hard Disk firmware custom because you put in your own 120GB disk into a 20GB case and flashed the firmware? Ban.
quote: A ban is identical across the board and there aren't different types of a ban. A console ban is the same thing as an XBOX Live ban, and vice-versa.
quote: You may not be banned right away, but you eventually will be, because as soon as you sign in once, they have that key package on file, and know your modified.
quote: The next time they initiate a ban-wave, you will be banned, even if you haven't signed in since and even if you are running signed firmware at the time of the ban.