The EFF Wants To Make It OK To Mod Your Game Console


The US Copyright Office is looking to make exemptions for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is making a submission; they want it to be legal to mod your game consoles.

A previous EFF effort resulted in it being totally OK to jailbreak your iPhone, and so there is reason to believe that their attempt to allow you to alter your consoles so you can play games other than those approved by the console makers will have a chance.

Obviously, even if the measure works out, it would still be illegal to play pirated games on your modded consoles.

If you’ve you’ve ever bought a Humble Indie Bundle and wondered about that EFF thing, well, know you know. This is what they do.

DMCA exemption submissions will be considered in the spring.

via Joystiq

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6 Comments on The EFF Wants To Make It OK To Mod Your Game Console

Sabin

On December 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I read “mod” and “console” and immediately started to salivate at the prospect of adding user mods to Skyrim on my xbox since it will be another year or so until I can afford to build a capable enough PC to run it. Then I realized that is not what was meant. Damn.

Warp

On December 3, 2011 at 2:22 am

Just what do they want to make legal? Upgrading the hardware on your console? I dont think that would be worth the amount of hassel you’d like need to go through to do it.

Derka

On December 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm

why not just buy a pc? lol

Russell

On December 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

@derka because all it takes is a flash to your xbox and a dual layer dvd burner and some verbatims and u can download all the xbox360 games u want, and play them online.

Shikaka

On December 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

@Sabin: You’re not too far off the mark. A modded Xbox 360 console would actually enable you to use some PC mods for Skyrim on the Xbox 360 version.

This was possible with Morrowind on the original Xbox and Todd Howard mentioned in an interview somewhere that there’s no reason it shouldn’t work similarly for Skyrim. They’d love to enable mod support official for the console users, but can’t figured out a practical way to do it with the manufacturers locked-down systems.

Dark-Star

On December 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

My only worry is that if it succeeds, this will immediately lead to a lot of eager-beaver n00bs turning their systems into expensive doorstops. Console modding is usually way the heck harder than PC modding, and getting people to RTFM almost requires you to threaten them with bodily harm these days.