From the Daily Telegraph
Watchdog hails Playstation ruling
THE consumer watchdog has hailed a Federal Court decision that allows Sony Playstation owners to modify their consoles to play imported and copied games.
The decision, handed down on Friday, came after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) came to the aid of a Sydney man being sued by Sony for selling and installing Playstation modifications.
The court ruled that the man's actions did not breach the Copyright Act.
ACCC chairman professor Allan Fels said the decision meant Australian buyers could now have their Playstations "chipped" - that is, modified to play games from all region of the world.
Without such a chip, the coding in Playstation means it will play games only from the region in which it was manufactured.
"Australian consumers can now enjoy games legitimately bought overseas, as well as authorised back-up copies, by legally having their consoles chipped," Prof Fels said.
He said recent amendments to the Copyright Act meant it was illegal to make or supply a device designed to overcome copyright protection, providing those measures had no commercially significant purpose other than protecting copyright.
But the court had found that Sony's efforts to protect its copyright went beyond the provisions of the Copyright Act.
It also found the Sydney man had sold unauthorised copies of Playstation games.
Sony said it was disappointed with the court decision and is considering whether to appeal against the finding in the case.
It said the judgment was out of step with the finding in a similar case in the UK, and called into question the value of recent copyright law changes.
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