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Clash Centers On Game Chips

21 Feb, 2002 By: Holly J. Wagner

The game industry is abuzz over a chip that defeats regional coding to let users play out-of-region games -- and DVDs -- on PlayStation 2 game consoles. U.S. Customs officers have blocked shipments into the U.S. from an Asian game company because some containers were believed to contain NEO4 chips, which could circumvent the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Meanwhile, Australia's watchdog Competition and Consumer Commission is intervening in a lawsuit that Sony Computer Entertainment filed against an independent Australian businessman, accusing him of interfering with its ability to control its intellectual property by installing the chips.

The commission opposes regional DVD coding, contending it forces Australian consumers to pay excessive prices for DVDs.

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