QUOTE(GandyMan @ Aug 2 2007, 07:20 PM)
I love my XBMC but I do not see how you can say this:
Spoken as truth when in fact it is not true at all. There are many legitimate uses for these devices beyond "subverting copyright protections" I mentioned previously the use of XBMC. While true that these devices CAN ALSO be used to circumvent copy protection that is not in any way shape or form their "one purpose" as stated. Either Julie L Meyers is ignorant to this fact or is outright lying to make her department's actions seem validated and warranted.
Like I said I love my XBMC but can it run on an unmodified system. No it can not. The statement made buy Julie L. Meyers is correct no matter how much I like it or not. In order to run XBMC I have to mod the system in some way. Even if I use an exploit for the purpose of getting around a security measure it is still the same. I am not saying I like what she is saying or what they are doing but the truth is it does not matter what BIOS code you use to boot what ever on what ever if it is to bypass what is installed by the developer than it is subverting copyright protections.
Is it really subverting copyright protection?
The discs are copy protected NOT the console. if you modify the console and never pop in a copy protected game exactly which copy protections are you breaking?
I'm not saying modchips are not illegal, because like most things, they are illegal under DMCA but they can be used and installed without violating copy protection.
Also Anyone who wants to tow a party line talking about how cruel the Patriot Act is should be reminded that Bill Clinton is the one responsible for the DMCA... Full Disclosure: I'm a Libertarian.I'd also want to point out some additional cruel irony that someone pointed out to me in a PM.
Apparently there are a group of automotive enthusiasts who modified their cars to run on a specific form of bio diesel and are now being criminalized because the new fuel that their cars run on are not taxed as an automotive fuel and are being persecuted because of it... I truly envy the days that America's great innovators lived in, for they are long since gone.