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Student Could Get 3 Year Prison Sentence for Modifying XBox 360

Mess with me and go to jail.

In an age of imminent terrorism threats, shambolic border security and rising cybercrime, the Department of Homeland Security decided that arresting a college student for modifying  Xbox 360 game consoles so they could play copied games was a top priority.

And so it was that DHS apprehended Matthew Crippen, then age 27, for the common practice and charged him with violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

Crippen admits he charged gamers $30 for the modifications. His trial will begin today in southern California. If convicted, he faces up to three years behind bars. His lawyer argues that what he did was no different than installing a modification chip to “jailbreak” an i-Phone.  Prosecutors cried ‘apples and oranges’ since jailbreaking i-Phones is perfectly legal.

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