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  1. #1 Is Modding [The PSP] Illegal? 
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    I was in a gamestop today and I was talking to a person that worked there about buying a used psp and I told him that i wanted to mod a PSP and I needed an older PSP one with like Firmware 2.71 or lower and he looked at me like I was crazy and told my to stop talking about the "Modification" of "Gaming Equipment". Then I asked why he said "because reverse engineering is illegal", then he asked that I leave the store before he calls security. I was dumbfounded, I can't believe that was illegal, at first I thought he was talking about how I was emulating a game (which I showed him Sonic 2 playing on DGEN). I told him I owned that game, which I do, but that isn't what he was talking about. I was having a normal conversation with him before that as well. I just want an outline of EXACTLY what is illegal about it; like how its legal to have a copy of the game only if you own the original game and other things like that.
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    modding the psp isnt illegal at all, emulation and roms are illegal if you dont own the game, he doesent really understand the legality of it, and playing downloaded isos are ilelgal as well
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    He told you to leave the store .... What an A@@hole..!


    Don't talk about that next time, Some people are way to stupid; just tell them you need it and thats all they need to know, if they want a "purchase" they better find it, if not too bad for them.


    But I dont blame you, I would say it too :S I need it to do some moddings.. :P
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    It's legal to modify a physical product as it is no longer a license and you retain ownership. You need to own the games you are emulating. He doesn't know what you are talking about and was overreacting. Just don't talk about it as people are scared and don't understand. I don't blame the guy but he was overreacting way too much. Plus he lost a sale...
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    Rofl thats funny because i was at the Sony store with my mom and we were talking to this guy. Well lets just say she was like yea my son hacks his psp and can do alot of stuff with it it's amazzing. Yea and the guy just sorta ignored what my mom said.
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    its fun showing the DS crowd all the cool stuff your psp can do... then they play fun games... assholes

    but yeah, the psp mod community is legal, but as bender said, the isos and roms arnt unless u own the originals
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    actually... i said that... but i guess my effort will be ignored...
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    most of the ppl around here that work at eb actually do some modding themselves. lol. i would have told the guy to go f*ck himself, as it isnt illegal, im not copying anything, so lick b*lls.

    security is gonna kick you out, lol, thats funny. mall security would laugh. not only that, but he just lost business. i would actually complain about the guy. tell the mgr that you were asking questions about the psp, and he went nuts, and started pushing you to admit you were lying. lol. get him in some shiz. hes a b*tch. lol.

    and, tbh, modding isnt illegal. its looked down, on no one is gonna get arrested for downgrading a psp.

    btw- alot of mods are out there for the DS as well, actually some pretty nice programs too. it just requires a bit more hardware.



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    Thats bull sh*t I would definetly go complain and make sure to tell ow your never going to give them business again. atleast i wouldn't. Hell the guy at games stop in Austin told me to check this site and psp-hacks if i wanted to mod it.
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    lol yeah back when I was searching for my GTA: 2.0... I said that at all the game places...

    "I need a Ver. 2.0 GTA, I'm gonna mod my PSP"...
    "Huh?, Wha?.."
    "Can I see what ver. that UMD is"?
    "A Version of GTA, it's just one game?
    "Well, can I see the Numbers on it?"
    "No, you can not. there are camras in here that gets me in trouble if
    an item is in a customers hands."
    "Well can you hold it up for me then? *note to self (ASS____!)
    (Holds it up and spins it)
    "Yeah, UMD Dics is in really good condition"
    "Yeah I can see that, can i read it?"
    "Read what?"
    "Nevermind... you might get hurt"
    "From what?"
    The power traped inside the PSP, it's to dangerous for you"
    "Traped inside?"
    "You dont have a high enough Clearance for that Information"
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    "And you work at a Game Store, I think you need a Upgrade"

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    i definitly would of complained to some1..
    i like the part when he said "... reverse engineering is illegal"
    that made me laugh. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaboyryan666
    i definitly would of complained to some1..
    i like the part when he said "... reverse engineering is illegal"
    that made me laugh. lol
    Well, The reason why it's legal is because Dark_Alex provides his "converter" without any copyright code in it. He understands how to create the subsets and creates a program to combine them. What is illegal is what you do with it. Just like it's legal to copy your legally owned media its illegal to disburse it. Dark_Alex disburses his product with no violation, the end user is responsible for that. It's legal to "flash" your PSP as you retain ownership of the physical product and it's legal to download the publicly released updates. What is illegal however are the "Easy installers" for violating their distribution of copyrighted code of the generated DXAR file. Remember "reverse engineering" helps create new competitive products, something the courts will always favor and you copyright how it does something, not what it does.
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    WTF? should of gone and talk to the manager, the manager should of understoood
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    ya, im gunna love messin with these guys. to them talking about modding is like talking about murder. and when i showed them the modded psp was like show them a fresh corpes.
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    i never remember signing or reading a eula for my psp
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