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#1 Xbox-Scene

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:34 PM

Modder Faces Jail Time After Raid
Posted by XanTium | June 26 17:34 EST | News Category: GamingGeneral
 
From arstechnica.com:


A San Diego-area man has been arrested and charged with 10 felonies relating to selling pirated games and modding consoles. Frederick Brown was taken into custody earlier this month after his home was raided by the San Diego Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Unit (CATCH) and has since been freed after posting bail in the amount of $100,000.

In his home, Brown had over a thousand copies of pirated games as well as a large number of mod chips. Brown had allegedly built up a thriving business selling counterfeit games and installing mod chips, having advertised his services on Craigslist and other web sites. He allegedly sold pirated games from his Vista, CA, residence as well, including both discs and hard drives preloaded with games that he would install into customers' Xboxes and Xbox 360s,Entertainment Software Association senior VP for intellectual property enforcement Ric Hirsch told Ars Technica.

Hirsch explained that the ESA chose to pursue a criminal case instead of suing Brown in civil court because of the scope of his activities. "CATCH was very receptive to the evidence we brought them and were able to put the investigation together in very short order," Hirsch told Ars.






#2 JBmtk

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:05 PM

oooooo shittt.......I am guessing this is more or less related to the selling of pirated games. I mean, 1,000 pirated game copies?!?!? holy crap! I've only heard of like 3 cases in which a modder was arrested. In all three of them, they were selling pirated games.

Edited by JBmtk, 26 June 2007 - 10:08 PM.


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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:11 PM

Yeah modders never seem to get in trouble, it's always the people that sell pirated games. (Witch only idiots would do)

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:15 PM

QUOTE(proger @ Jun 26 2007, 04:47 PM) View Post

(Witch only idiots would do)

Sorry, just thought that was kind of funny.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:37 PM

QUOTE(Boydster @ Jun 26 2007, 05:51 PM) View Post

Sorry, just thought that was kind of funny.


I second that.


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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:37 PM

Selling copies is just idiotic. I'm glad he got busted, idiots like that isn't good for the gaming industry.

Edited by Knasen, 26 June 2007 - 10:38 PM.


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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:47 PM

It always amazes me to see how greedy people are. All i can say is jackass

Edit: im glad too

Edited by iwanttheagrocrag, 26 June 2007 - 10:48 PM.


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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:49 PM

QUOTE(proger @ Jun 26 2007, 03:47 PM) View Post

(Witch only idiots would do)

That is sig worthy...

Dude must have been bringing home bank, considering he posted his 100k bail.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:00 PM

What a moron. Craigslist?

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:00 PM

Serves him right.

This scene was built on the back of personal users who make no money from all of this and when scum bags go around exploiting it to make money like that, they deserve all they get, apart from the cash, they don't deserve that... blink.gif

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:02 PM

Ok, so is installing modchips/drivechips illegal or not? I'm confuzzled.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:09 PM

Whats the betting he has a banned x-s account laugh.gif

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:10 PM

QUOTE(Boydster @ Jun 26 2007, 05:51 PM) View Post

Sorry, just thought that was kind of funny.



Yeah yeah, I always spell which wrong.... I know how to spell it but I always mess it up. tongue.gif

QUOTE(Boydster @ Jun 26 2007, 05:51 PM) View Post

Sorry, just thought that was kind of funny.



Yeah yeah, I always spell which wrong.... I know how to spell it but I always mess it up. tongue.gif

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:24 PM

and thats another one busted
dont sell games guys

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:32 PM

"Fred Brown"??? Gotta be a made up name jester.gif

Whos gonna reportedly get busted next? Joe Bloggs? John Jones? Bill Posters? pop.gif

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