EU High Court Says Nintendo Console Mods Could Be Legal

Law360, New York (January 23, 2014, 8:12 PM EST) -- The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that Nintendo video game consoles could legally be modified only if the modification is done to allow them to play noninfringing multimedia and not to play bootleg video games.

The European Court of Justice was weighing in on how much Europe's anti-circumvention laws — which specifically prohibit efforts to evade so-called technological protection measures — allowed Nintendo to go after companies like Italian firm PC Box, which sells equipment that deactivates those protective measures on Nintendo's Wii and portable...
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