EXCLUSIVE: Enteprising PSP Pirates Advertised on Craigslist, Says Sony

October 15, 2008 -

They say that you can sell just about anything on Craigslist. And if allegations by SCEA are correct, a pair of enterprising - if not especially bright - game pirates used the popular online service to advertise their illegal PSP modding operations.

In August SCEA filed suit in U.S. District Court in California, alleging that Gabriel Garcia and Timothy Joey Zoucha, Jr. modded PSPs and loaded them with over 500 pirated games. Both men live in San Jose, California.

In its complaint, Sony alleges that Garcia billed himself as: "THE ONLY TRUE FIRST PSP MODDER ON CRAIGSLIST," offering "cash only package deals" that included "500+ PSP games". Sony said that Garcia even went as far as to display a PlayStation logo in his Craigslist ad.

Sony apparently used private investigators to track the pair down. One P.I. met with Garcia at his residence, according to the complaint, and paid the alleged pirate $80 to mod a PSP and load it with 100 games. Garcia apparently advertised such a transaction as his "Super Spring Deal". The complaint further alleges that Garcia sold the investigator 11 DVD-Rs containing more games and then showed the investigator how to transfer the games to a PSP via PC. Ever-helpful, Garcia also gave the investigator a "How to Use Your PSP Mods" guide on DVD.

Among the pirated games allegedly sold by Garcia were Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Parappa the Rapper and Twisted Metal: Head On.

Zoucha was taken down in similar fashion, according to the complaint, which alleges that he agreed to mod the P.I.'s PSP for $28 and supply a DVD containing 100 pirated games for another twenty bucks. The complaint also says that, like Garcia, Zoucha sold the investigator five DVD-Rs containing additional pirated games and told the investigator that he would give her a deal if she brought him more PSPs to mod.

Among the titles allegedly supplied by Zoucha are: Burnout: Legends, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory and Madden NFL 08.

From the complaint:

Defendants Gabriel Garcia and Timothy Joey Zoucha, Jr... brazenly offer their services on Craigslist.org to "mod" or "unbrick" PSP consoles so as to allow illegal unauthorized copies of SCEA's video game software to operate on the unlawfully modified PSP console... Defendants were caught red-handed...

A court date is scheduled later this month. Read the complaint here.


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Re: EXCLUSIVE: Enteprising PSP Pirates Advertised on

He did that with the Wii and 360 too. Seeing some of the hate mail they get is pretty amusing. Sadly though he was absent when the iPhone was released (odd though because he started with smashing ipods).
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didn't somebody do that to the original Xbox and Gamecube as well?

bought it, went out to their car in front of the best buy they got them at, and smashed them to bits right there in the lot....

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Thank you, good to see others have the same opinion as me.

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Huh? Isn't a device with pirated software on it unlawfully modified? As in, modifications were made to the device that added pirated software to it?

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The only reason why this was even mentioned was because they tried to sell the psp's with pirated games. Modding your psp system is just different code then what sony provides. A modded operating system so to speak. It unlocks the full potential of the psp. I do have a modded system but its used mainly for reading ebooks. And has not been used for games in months.

Essentialy it would be like if you decided to buy a laptop with vista on it. But you decided that you would rather have XP or Linux on it. Is that wrong of you to change something on your computer when you paid for it and now own it?

 

 

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Posessing the means to run pirated software is no crime. Its not a crime to own a debug console. Its not a crime to have a software emulator. The software is not installed on the device, it is kept separate on disc or memory card. The means by which PSPs in particular can run pirated software is the same means by which it can run any unsigned code, open or closed-source.

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Huh? The devices in question had pirated software on them. What are you guys talking about?

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the PSP themselves did not have pirated software on them, they were on burned DVDs.

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There are pirates all over Craigslist. Just about everytime I go on it, there is a pirate advertising a Wii with 40 games or a 360 with 100 games.

No big surprise.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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