EU court: rebuilding consoles is not prohibited




EU court: rebuilding consoles is not prohibited per se

By Joost Schellevis , Thursday, January 23, 2014 14:11, comments: 119 , Views: 35,831 • Feedback

Installing modchips in consoles is not necessarily in conflict with the law. Judging the European Court of Justice in an Italian court. It is for the national court to determine whether that is so in a particular case.

Nintendo logo with Mario Or a modchip infringes copyrights, depends on how it is being used. Is it mainly to run homebrewsoftware there is , according to the European Court of Justice, nothing to worry about. Needs to consider the national courts, the Court, which ruled in a case between Nintendo and the Italian console mud PC Box.

It depends mostly on whether modchips disruption of the market for legal games pose, the Court. A court may examine, for example how often modchips are used to copyrighted software to run illegally on a console so read the verdict.

Since many modchips are used for playing copyrighted games, in practice, the question is what impact the ruling before it. The ruling makes it possible for independent game makers to give unlicensed Nintendo games. Out The makers must find a way to turn on the device by default, can not.

In the Netherlands, the court decided that the sale of R4 cards which illegal games on the Nintendo DS can be played, can not pass muster.


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