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The Playstation mod chip: A technological guarantee of the digital consumer's liberty or copyright menace/circumvention device?

Fitzgerald, Brian F. (2005) The Playstation mod chip: A technological guarantee of the digital consumer's liberty or copyright menace/circumvention device? Media and Arts Law Review, 10(1), pp. 85-98.

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Abstract

This article overviews the way in which anti-circumvention laws recently enacted in countries such as the United States, the European Union and Australia have been utilised to reinforce digital rights management. In particular, this artcile looks at the Australian case that has been replicated around the world concerning the modification of the Sony PlayStation console in order to circumvent regional access coding (RAC) on Sony PlayStation games. RAC makes it difficult to use local platforms to play burnt or copied games and games from other geographical regions. The article examines the litigation concerning this issue which is currently before the the highest court in the Australian legal jurisdiction - the High Court of Australia.

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ID Code: 1123
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Certain contents of this journal (including this paper) can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: Intellectual Property, Anti, Circumvention, Technological Protection Measure, Circumvention Device, Mod Chip, Sony PlayStation, Consumer Rights, DMCA, Copyright
ISSN: 1325-1570
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Lexis Nexis
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:15

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