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#1 sweetbrett

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 07:49 PM

I've decided to offer my modchip isntallation services to the public so everyone can experience the glory that is a modified xbox. I have read the stories about Pandora's Cube and others being raided for illegal practices, so I am trying to be very cautious about what services I offer. I think I know pretty much what is legal and what isn't, but I figured I'd be able to get more insights from everyone here.

So, to my understanding, it is legal for a vendor to:
install a modchip with the cromwell bios
install a larger hard drive
backup original xbox games to the hard drive that the customer does personally own (owns the dvd, case, etc)

It is illegal for a vendor to:
provide a chip bios that was created using MS code
provide software created using MS code (includes emulators and xbmc)
backup original xbox games to the hard drive that the customer does not personally own (does not own the dvd, case, etc.)

I think thats all I can think of, is that it? Are all of those correct?

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 08:00 PM

QUOTE(sweetbrett @ Jan 10 2006, 12:56 PM) View Post

I've decided to offer my modchip isntallation services to the public so everyone can experience the glory that is a modified xbox. I have read the stories about Pandora's Cube and others being raided for illegal practices, so I am trying to be very cautious about what services I offer. I think I know pretty much what is legal and what isn't, but I figured I'd be able to get more insights from everyone here.

So, to my understanding, it is legal for a vendor to:
install a modchip with the cromwell bios
install a larger hard drive
backup original xbox games to the hard drive that the customer does personally own (owns the dvd, case, etc)

It is illegal for a vendor to:
provide a chip bios that was created using MS code
provide software created using MS code (includes emulators and xbmc)
backup original xbox games to the hard drive that the customer does not personally own (does not own the dvd, case, etc.)

I think thats all I can think of, is that it? Are all of those correct?

Let the customer back-up their own games/movies. Eliminate even the implication that you are pirating.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE(sweetbrett @ Jan 10 2006, 01:56 PM) View Post

It is illegal for a vendor to:
provide a chip bios that was created using MS code
provide software created using MS code (includes emulators and xbmc)
backup original xbox games to the hard drive that the customer does not personally own (does not own the dvd, case, etc.)

I think thats all I can think of, is that it? Are all of those correct?


YES

Can't get any simpler than that.
You may also wish to put some money into a legal fund for a rainy day as well. For the ominous black clouds of MS will find you, if you try it.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:05 PM

Everytime this comes up one gets lots of answers, some flames, some arguing, and that's about it.

Want real advice for a real world situation? Consult a lawyer, and not an internet forum.




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