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Friday, April 11, 2003

Xbox Mod Chip Seller Gets Hit Hard by the DMCA
David Rocci, who sold Xbox mod chips through his website, has received five months in prison and a $28,500 fine for conspiracy to violate copyright laws under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Reuters reports.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that has opposed the DMCA as being overly restrictive on free speech and the fair-use rights of consumers, said Rocci was one of the first people to be sent to prison for violating the DMCA.

He was charged with importing and selling about 450 Enigmah "mod" chips, after-market processors designed to be attached to the Xbox's motherboard and circumvent its security measures.

Rocci had faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $500,000.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 6:49 PM |

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