There is no class action law suit. Nothing has been filed. At this point it's one law firm poking and proding at the idea of a law suit.
True. But the OP's reference article is just under two weeks old. Searching for petttioners may take more than a year to complete.
There would be a limited ammount of testimony available, because a lot of people talking about their Xbox's in court would probably be envoking their 4th amendment rights in reguards to self incrimination. Copyright violation is a crime and admitting to it and having it on court records could seriously bite you in the ass.
I'm not sure this holds for civil tortes. Tortes have different standards of evidence than criminal actions. And the prosecutor could always grant blanket immunity.
There are a few ligitimate reasons to mod a 360, one is to use drives salvaged from other 360's for personal repairs and another is for imports. Obviously these people represent a minority of users. So such a 'class action lawsuit' will probably have to find only the people who actually modded for ligitimate uses while ignoring all the pirates, then find who out of those people cares enough to be involved in a class action suit and then see if they can even get anywhere.
Likely. And the bulk of ApbingtonIP's suit will probably focus here. And possibly on the market manipulation aspect; with its SOX implications.
Nope, it's actually true. This is mentioned in the tos and eula, these people were warned, and they were banned from using a service. There's nothing else to this at all, and there's nothing any mod-moron can do about it. It's his/her own fault and microsoft can do anything they wish with his/her account. He/she can still play offline.
The problem with the MS EULA/TOS is that its only legal where its legal. Outside the State of Washington, its going to be a crap shoot. And if this class action goes forward, it will identify a lot of grey areas. For example, many US Sates and out of country jurisdictions have over-arching consumer protection legislation that invalidate some or all of the MS EULA/TOS. Which makes many of the MS terms and conditions null and void. MS actually alludes to this in section 27 of the TOS, but hopes their end users are too stupid to realize or follow up on it.
It's not 'hacking' if you consent and by agreeing to the TOS and EULA you have consented.
No, you've only agreed and consented to the portions of the EULA/TOS that weren't invalidated by over-arching state or federal legislation in your jurisdiction. Case in point...when you buy and use a music CD, you consent to the TOS not to copy it....but file sharing is de facto legal in Canada, so that portion of the music CD TOS is invalidated by federal law.
By agreeing you agreed to let Microsoft probe your Xbox 360. It's not like they are forcing their way into your 360.
Its not about the mechanism. Since you can't enter into a contract that is illegal (in your jurisdiction) you may not have been empowered to give that consent. Without consent, MS had no right to do anything, and may itself have committed an illegal act. What an insidious little twist.
This is all on the level. It's like saying someone 'hacked' you because someone started downloading data from you on a torrent you have going. You were fully aware and acknowledged it, so it's normal operation.
Maybe. AbingtonIP seems to disagree. And given a quick look at their current suits and history of wins, its more likely they are right. Time, money, and possibly a trip to the US Supreme court will tell.
Intellectual property and consumer protectionism are deep, deep minefields of unexplored unintended consequences. Its a huge problem in the industry, and not just an issue for Microsoft. If this suit goes forward, its going to be before the courts for a very, very long time. I'd expect that many of the anti-MS EU countries will jump on this pretty quick if it starts to gain critical mass. You can bet the US Revenue department will be watching this one closely too.