updated 04:00 pm EDT, Thu October 5, 2006
HDLoader makers fined $9M
Divineo and its subsidiaries have lost a case brought to a California District Court, Next-Gen reports. Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that the company broke the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) when it sold its software and mod chips, allowing people to copy complete PS2 games to Sony's optional hard drive. As a result of the judgment, Divineo has been ordered to pay $9,541,600 in fees. The DMCA prohibits the manufacturing, sale or distribution of items and services that can aid in the reproduction of copyrighted data. Some gamers may have used HDLoader to copy illegal game files (from the Internet or elsewhere) to their hard drives.