Originally Posted by Skippy
Ah, where have I heard this before..
Okay, so after being busted and arrested for bypassing the DMCA for installing a modchip, certain factors apply.
Now, there are certain modchips to video consoles, such as WiiKey and all of them, but they are illegal in 'certain' areas. In other words, if caught modifying video games with those, you will be arrested for a maximum of 10 or so years. Such as my friend I knew. He possesed one wayy back in Canada, and it's very illegal to have modchips, so he was arrested, and waiting currently for conviction. Now, in the U.S. of A., only certain parts of the states have this law, like California, or whatever. Now, for downloading games freely, YOU MUST OWN THE ORIGINAL CONSOLE "AND" GAME. Doing this is called backing up your game, and though it is strongly frowned upon, it would only be illegal if you downloaded it w/o owning the console AND game. So, I was okay upon that part. Another thing, the DMCA was only considered into effect if you HAD A MODCHIP INSTALLED ON THE WII! Why didn't this apply to me? Because I never had a modchip installed, instead, I soft-modded. Now, if the DMCA rewrote the records saying anything about softmodding, yes, that would be illegal. So, after a good 4 or so month of threats of being arrested, and blah, blah, blah, they finally figured that I haven't broken ANY law whatsoever through various proofs and what not. Also, another thing, it also depends on the type of technical device you are modding. Nintendo recently had a talk with me, through phone, and they said that if caught doing anything aunothrized, they would ban me access to WiFi games, and what not. Also, they warn you that if you update, there is a particular risk of your Wii being bricked. But, they are not interested in suing or prosecuting anyone who hacks. They never told me why, but common sense tells me that it would be a long drawn-out process, and it would be forever until they can prosecute a particular person. So, that's why they told me to hack at my own risk. So, don't tell me anything about breaking the DMCA or crap, because I already wen through my battles, and I'm just telling you what I'm experienced. So, good day.