Video Game Console Mod Japan Law

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Thinking about a video game console mod or possibly altering save files? It’s now illegal in Japan and both are punishable by up to five years in prison as well as fines up to 5 million yen ($46,000). Japan’s Association of Copyright for Computer Software states that modding games and consoles violate the country’s Unfair Competition Prevention Law. Peripheral maker Cyber Gadget immediately stopped selling its Save Editor data tool, which enabled gamers to use cheats and patch codes, immediately on its Japanese website. Read more for another video and additional information.

Previously, the save “data” referred to music, video, programs, and software under the old version of the law. Now, “data’ is considered as anything recorded in an electromagnetic medium. That’s not all, the revisions also prohibit the act of selling software authentication codes through internet auctions as well as the publication of unauthorized serial numbers.