Mr Modchips – criminal circumvention charges reversed in the UK

copyright, anti-circumvention, tpm, modchips In late June a decision came down (which I appear to have missed) in the England and Wales Court of Appeal quashing the conviction of Mr Modchips (aka Neil Higgs) for providing modchips in contravention of the UK anti-circumvention provisions in s.296ZB of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (UK).[…]

Blizzard v bnetd – or, why the TPM exceptions should be protected from exclusion by contract

tpm, anti-circumvention, blizzard, bnetd Blizzard make several popular games, including Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft. Online multiplayer in these games is limited to using Blizzard's Battle.net service. Battle.net provides a mechanism for users to create and join multi-player games, to meet and chat with other users, and to record statistics and participate in tournaments. Battle.net functionality[…]