A Spanish judge has ruled that console mod chips, which allow users to play titles from any territory, are legal, thanks to a loophole in the country’s copyright protection laws.
The loophole takes the form of a clause which forbids the manufacture and distribution of devices designed to crack security codes on software. However, the same clause fails to mention video games or equipment for video or audio software, essentially making mod chips legal.
The move follows a ruling in Italy earlier in the year
in which the judge citied, not a legal loophole, but the idea that the use of software could be limited to a specific territory as “absurd".