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Console Modding now a crime in Japan punishable with a prison sentence

Japan has made game modding illegal in a recent move to stop distribution of modding tools. This means that if anyone is caught modding or selling modding tools they may face a fine of £36.000 and a prison sentence.

A change in Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention laws in December means that modding services for consoles and game save editors have been rendered illegal.

The law actually aims to prevent third parties making profit from a legal company’s software and intellectual properties, but the change does not specify any difference between freely distributed mods and paid mods.

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