A 22-year-old Cambridge graduate received a sentence of 140 hours of community service, in addition to a fine of 750 pounds and confiscation of his equipment, for selling modified XBox game consoles.
The modified consoles were then fitted with a large hard drive pre-installed with 80 games. Many consoles can be modified to play games produced for other countries as well as backup copies and pirated discs.
The modification of games consoles became illegal in October 2003, when the UK enacted the EU Copyright Directive. Sony also won a legal battle in July 2004 to ban the selling of mod chips in the UK.