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U.K. Court Bans Sony Piracy Devices In Landmark Ruling

Law360 (July 22, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In the first court ruling under the controversial European Union Copyright Directive, a U.K. court has banned the marketing and sale of “mod chips” for Sony PlayStation 2.

Mr Justice Laddie of the High Court found that a man who sold modified chips that get around the built-in copy protection system on Sony's console violated the European Union’s stringent copyright laws, enacted last year.

The judge decaled the sale of the mod chips illegal and added that the use, advertising or possession of them for commercial...
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