Playstation mod chips legal, says Australian High Court
Following a four-year legal battle between Sony and Sydney businessman Eddy Stevens, the Australian High Court has ruled that the widespread practice of “modding” Playstation consoles does not breach copyright laws and is therefore legal.
The High Court’s decision specified, however, that mod-chipping Playstation consoles to play pirated games was still a breach of copyright law, and thus a prosecutable offence.
The ruling will allow mod-chipping of consoles in order bypass region codes, allowing Australian gamers to purchase games from overseas, perhaps at reduced prices, and play them on their Australian Playstation consoles.
It remains to be seen whether other countries will follow Australia’s example and pass similar legislation.