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Is a Modded Wii illegal?

Discussion in 'Wii Hardware' started by Danny, Jul 29, 2007.

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  1. Danny

    Danny New Member

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    A Modded wii is a wii with a chip where you download games and burn cds.
    Now i think thats illegal what do you think?
     
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    Technically it is, yes (at least in the USA). However, noone has ever been prosecuted. As long as somebody isn't selling modded chip games, I don't think they have anything to worry about. That is, as long as their modded wii is for personal enjoyment.
     
  3. Danny

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    my friends and people tell me to get a MOD chip i said "No Thanks" because i don't wanna be a cheap ass. :D
     
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    having the chip isn't illegal, but it will void your warranty.
    However, havig copied games is. It is a breach of copyright legislation, and being caught in possession of these games could lead to legal implications. My advise is to steer clear of this.
     
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    In my country it IS legal, and you can even buy copied games (as a matter of fact, they sell them everywhere)
     
  6. kaitora

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    i think you would find that international copyright laws prevents the doing of that, and obviously your country doesn't have the correct enforcement to stop the copying of wii games and copyrighted materials. I think that you will find that all of the games will come with a copyright notice and they will have the copyright to prevent unauthorised copying, hence what is being done is CLEARLY ILLEGAL and hence proving you wrong
     
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    It is legal to make a copy of a game, video music you already own.

    If you are worried about damaging a game then a mod chip is good to use as you can use the copy as often as you like and it don't matter if it gets damaged as you can just make another one.

    One example, I legally own over 1000 original retail music cd's, I have made copies of all the ones I listen to in my car, if my car ever gets broken into, the thiefs have only made away with a couple of quids worth of blank cd's and not £100's worth of actual cd's.

    Its the same with consoles, fitting a chip it perfectly legal, after all the console is yours to do as you please. It's owning copies of games you do not own which is illegal.

    Fitting a chip also allows you to play some perfectly legal import games which you can not do with out a chip.
     
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    having a copy of a game you have (as a backup) is legal. if you reproduce an article to sell etc then it is copyright infringement
     
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    I was just going to add also, the people who get in trouble are not the ones who download and play copies like every day people who just download the odd game here and there, the law isn't too bothered about that, the law goes after the big time copyright breakers who mass produce copies to sell to make a living as these people cause more damage to the copyright world then people like me or you.

    One company for example:
    http://www.thaigame.biz/

    these have a whole website selling copied games, infact they have a whole factory making these games. They do it professionally, they press the discs and not burn them from a normal disc burner.
    A friend of mine got some old Xbox1 games from here a few years back and although copies you could not tell the difference between these copies and an original. It is companies like this the law is more concerned about.
     
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    the law also looks for those who frequently download. so if you download them a lot you could be getting monitored. they look for the bigger players in copyright infringement, and tend to ignore the smaller wrong doers
     
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    It depends how much you download, if you download enough to look like you are supplying then you may get in trouble or if downloading only little for personal use then you will be fine.

    hmmm.... we are talking about games here, what I just wrote sound familiar, LOL

    I have prob downloaded over 10gb of stuff every day for over a year and have been fine and I don't sell to people, I only download for myself.
     
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    I'd NEVER mod mine. (i live in usa)
    :slow:
     
  13. Razor

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    didn't nintendo say something about modded wiis being illegal
     
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    A modded Wii, ISN'T ILLEGAL, no matter what Nintendo say.

    Once you buy the Wii it is yours, if you want to change it and mod it then it it totally up to you.
    The only illegal part is having copies of games you do not own.

    Homebrew software is 100% LEGAL, how can you produce homebrew without a modded console?
     
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    In the UK it would be illegal just like linewire.
     
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