17 years in federal prison. Ouch!

January 13, 2006

It looks like the trial is on. I’m not sure how many of you heard, but sometime last year, a couple of game store owners modified Xboxes and added emulators and roms for old school games. The problem? It’s already illegal as it is to put those games onto an Xbox since much of it isn’t freeware. On top of that, they installed the software on there with the intent to sell the units, which pretty much makes the whole copyright infringement thing a whole lot worse.

Do I think these guys deserve 17 years in a federal prison? I really don’t. I know what they did was incredibly stupid and certainly not right, but 17 years seems a bit harsh, especially when rapists and murderers have gotten out in less time than that on a few occasions.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if they are convicted of the crime. I honestly think a few years of house arrest without an internet connection in the home would be sufficient enough punishment.

But hey… I’m not in charge.

Source: [url=http://www.joystiq.com/2006/01/13/xbox-modders-face-17-years-in-prison/]Joystiq[/url]