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darkstarbyte 12-11-2010 06:13 PM

Is against the law to mod or even to open a xbox360?
Well one time I walked in a store talking about opening a xbox 360 to get rid of the dust and I was confronted by the staff(:tisk:) saying "It's against the law to even open the xbox 360."

Is Microsoft getting sew happy again?:mad: (If so is it even legal to talk about Microsoft?)

How far does this extend to just xbox or other game systems? :confused:

Now what's against the law and what's not against the law with game systems now? (Can I put Linux on my Xbox as long as I promise to never use the xbox OS ever again?:banghead:)

EDIT: The USA where freedom comes false hope.

TobiSGD 12-11-2010 06:16 PM

To help us with an answer to your question it would be a good idea to tell us where you are living.

darkstarbyte 12-11-2010 06:19 PM

To answer your question I live in the USA.

darkstarbyte 12-11-2010 11:42 PM

Ok does anyone know if it's against the law in USA.

mlangdn 12-12-2010 12:20 AM

I don't think its illegal, but it will void the warranty. There are a lot of how-to articles out there that show how to mod or even upgrade the hard drive to a bigger one. Opening the case on most any electronic gadget will void the warranty.

I was told by Best Buy that opening the case on my brand new Acer would void the warranty. I needed to install a second optical drive as well as a floppy drive. I did it anyway, and that's been almost 4 years ago.

cantab 12-12-2010 12:38 AM

Does the XBox have an EULA? If so, does the EULA prohibit opening the case? If so, is that provision enforceable in your jurisdiction?

The first two are easy enough to check. The third one would need a lawyer to answer, and indeed may not have a definite answer, being instead the kind of thing that would need to be established by a court.

H_TeXMeX_H 12-12-2010 07:53 AM

I agree with cantab, if you really want to know, talk to a lawyer.

For my xbox360, I did open it after the red ring of death, I even took pictures of what I found, it's on my blog here. I tried to fix it using various methods on the net, then I threw it in the garbage (except for fans, heat sinks, and HDD). And I also dismantled the DVD player and threw that away. No cop saw me, so I can't be changed, and I wasn't in the US at the time.

jefro 12-13-2010 03:40 PM

It is not against the law to modify YOUR system.

Notice the current case against a California student who did it for others. The court ruled that since he was doing it for others he didn't have the right to claim fair use.

Fair use is the normal reason you can do what you want with a product.

onebuck 12-16-2010 05:50 PM


It's yours to modify but if the modifications attempts to circumvent xbox, or xbox-Live then problems could be a resultant. Of course warranty would be violated unless work is performed by a certified technician or repair shop. To hack anything to circumvent subscriptions, protected software is against the laws here in the U.S.A.

It is in violation of the LQ Rules for us to participate in any action(s) that are unlawful when discussed here. Anything of the sort would be put to a stop & deleted.

I don't own a Xbox of any kind, don't plan to invest in one for me either. Grand-kids already have to many game boxes so why should I purchase one here. I bought the Xbox as gifts to the kids but not for me. Heck, WII is bad enough when the wife had to have it, sitting in the rec room an used when the kids come here. She does play games with the kids on WII.


l159602 01-14-2011 07:01 PM

I have opened and even modified my xbox 360 and fixed ring of death. It is not illegal, it just voids your warranty. Also, any modifications, i.e. adding linux, may be detected by the server and your box can be banned from xbox live.

cmas1148 01-14-2011 08:21 PM

Opening it illegal? Nope. Modding the hardware/loading a different OS illegal? Nope. Runing pirated games/modding the Xbox OS? Oh yes.

Next time somebody says that ask "On what grounds?" :)

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