Xbox modders unite in class action suit

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Somebody was bound to have a go: Texas-based law firm AbingtonIP is organising a class-action suit against Microsoft over the company's ban on modified Xboxes.

Xbox modders unite in class action suit"Although modification of Xbox consoles is arguably against the terms of use for Xbox/Xbox Live, Microsoft 'conveniently' timed the Xbox console ban to coincide with the release of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game and less than two months after the release of the very popular Halo 3: ODST game," says the firm.

This "convenient" timing may have resulted in more Xbox Live subscription revenues for Microsoft than it would have generated had these Xbox console bans taken place at some time before the release of Halo 3: ODST and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."

According to AbingtonIP, Microsoft has also misapplied the ban, locking out users who had modified their Xboxes for reasons other than piracy. It's also been obtaining information from Xbox consoles without the permission of the owner, it claims.

The firm is recruiting plaintiffs, here - it's looking for people who have had their Xbox banned from Xbox Live and who haven't been given a refund for their remaining subscription. It doesn't say how many it's got so far.

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