Ever since we have had gadgets, people have been finding alternate ways to use them, often unintended by the manufacturer. Rooted Androids, jailbroken iPhones, custom Firmwares for the PSP; I have even seen homemade NES games and flash carts for playing them on the original Nintendo. Most of these modifications are innocent, such as a rooted Android, thus giving a user full access to their device. At first that seems reasonable enough - allowing you to make your device do what you want, why not? But often people make mischief, and ruin a good thing with bad intentions.
Console modding may very well become a criminal offense in the near future. This last Tuesday, a trial began in Southern California that could begin the creation of a much larger definition as to what a person is legally allowed to do with the products they buy. Read the full story