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Region locking under fire

A court case taken by Sony against an Australian man for providing and installing mod chips has backfired spectacularly on the company, with the company not only losing its case but also triggering another probe into the legality of its region protection system for software.
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I can understand that companies want to stop erosion of their world-wide product release strategies, but region protection always hurts the heavy users. Region protection is a pain in the butt.