Great news today for console owners - the Australian High Court has ruled
that mod chips are legal:
THE High Court of Australia has unanimously ruled today that mod-chips are legal, a decision which will have far reaching implications for computer game manufacturers.
The High Court appeal rested on two issues. The first issue was whether a mod-chip circumvents a technological protection measure and therefore breaches Section 116A of the Copyright Act.
Maybe now you can import those titles that aren't actually for sale in Australia and play them legally!
Update: news.com.au have updated the original article to remove an incorrect line (which I carelessly quoted!) and add the following bad news:
While the decision is likely to please gaming enthusiasts - settling a long-running dispute over the legality of the chips under Australia's current copyright laws - their victory is likely to be short-lived.
The federal Government has agreed to amend Australia's copyright laws to outlaw mod chips as part of its trade agreement with the US.