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Legalty about modchips firmwares
Legalty about modchips firmwares –
Sorry if I seem dumb, but it seems this site bannish firmware for ***4 and Ghost. What makes the flash files for Matirx Infinity and ***3 more legal? How could it be proofed they contains no SONY stuff?
yes and no
but more on the yes side, thats exactly the case. Nobody is legally allowed to have any sony copyrighted code without being a licensed developer. Modchips with the exception of a few countries are still considered grey area however having sony code in them will directly affect their legality by directly violating copyrights.
Mod chip firmware could probably be considered illegal under the DMCA in the US, but that would be a tough case to prove since it can be argued that it allows the legal use of backups.
The DMCA is a piece-of-crap legislation anyway.
The only way to prove that firmware doesn't contain snippets of Sony code is for the firmware code to be examined. Its perfectly possible to legally reverse-engineer hardware/software functions, and its been done before (read up on the history of the IBM PC)... or even BLEEM.
However, its time consuming and you usually end up sued and in court anyways.
you bring up some good points there however generally most modchips do not have sony code in them. What they do is patch the incoming data on the fly. Basically starting the authentication process each time.
Originally Posted by TarzanMan
Now in the UK court case sony brought up another interesting issue. They really had a point when it came down to the encryption of the ps2 logo that is shown at startup of each game. Each logo is encrypted on the disc so sony sufficient evidence that modchips were indeed using or breaking the encryption to display the ps2 logo at startup. Sony didnt necessarily run with this issue, they used the piracy motive more than the technical hooplah about the logo.