Matthew Crippen, who was facing the possibility of 10 years in prison for modding and selling Xbox360’s [which was being argued that it broke the Millennium Copyright Act], has been dismissed of all charges alleged against him. The reason being in the interest of fairness and justice [Read: The prosecution made several CRIPPLING errors in their charges/assumptions/case direction].
Although the case wasn’t in the prosecution’s court in the first place. District Judge Philip Gutierrez apparently made some very unique remarks in regards to the case, many of which any logical person/gamer would ask. “I really don’t understand what we’re doing here…”
Guiterrez also threw out a prior ruling [stating that Fair Use was not a legitimate defense in the case of homebrewing and/or modding], stating that the rights of individuals to own backup copies of their software can only be accessed by modding the hardware. “The only way to be able to play copied games is to circumvent the technology,” Gutierrez said.
The prosecution also secretly videotaped Crippin involved in a transaction which he received money for modding an XBox. However, such acts is a clear violation of the State Privacy Laws [or at least the Defense argues].
That being said, the Prosecution [apparently] had nearly 150 pirated video games to show the court as a means of showing that Crippen knew his was breaking the law.