Australian High Court rules that modifying chip is not illegal Stevens v Sony

November 2005

Games, Technology, Television, Radio, Internet
by Campbell Thompson and Genevieve Wilkinson of Freehills 

In a set-back for copyright owners, the High Court of Australia (6th October) has ruled that the sale of ‘mod chips’ by Mr Stevens for use with Australian Playstation consoles did not breach the anti-circumvention provisions of the Act even though it meant that Mr Stevens could now play games brought abroad – genuine games albeit purchased perhaps more cheaply than domestic games.

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