PlayStation loses chipping case

Sony has lost a legal battle in Australia over the modifying of its PlayStation games console. The High Court has ruled that chipping the console so that it can play imported games does not breach copyright law. The ruling ends a four-year legal battle between Sony and a supplier of so-called mod chips, which bypass regional controls on the machine. In the UK, the selling of mod chips was ruled illegal in 2004.

Consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation 2 can be modified by chips that are soldered to a console's main circuit board to bypass copyright and regional controls. The chips allow people to play games purchased legitimately in other countries, as well as running backup copies or bootleg discs. (BBC News)

Hooray! Why, this is a pleasent surprise, hmm...looks like there will be more "pirated" consoles on the way...so, a PS3 modded please!