Trusted computing, that practice where when you buy a computing device, control remains in the hands of the seller rather than the buyer, rears its head. While few would argue that "software piracy" is a valid approach to obtaining software, it is important that "the users" challenge this idea that any company can simply flip a switch and block your access to technology because of modifications made.

Do you agree with Microsoft’s move to ban Xbox users for modifying their consoles–computing device–to enhance what it can do?

    • Thousands of gamers may have been cut off from Microsoft’s online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.

      Online reports suggest that as many as 600,000 gamers may have been affected.

    • Microsoft said that modifying an Xbox 360 console "violates" the service’s "terms of use" and would result in a player being disconnected.

      "All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live," Microsoft has said in a statement.

    • Many gamers modify their consoles by installing new chips or software that allows them to run unofficial programs. Some chips are specifically designed to play pirated games.

    • Microsoft has not said how it was able to determine which gamers to disconnect.

    • "We do not reveal specifics, but can say that all consoles have been verified to have violated the terms of use," the firm said in a statement.

      Affected gamers were met with a message during the login process. It read: ""Your console has been banned from Xbox".

    • the ban does not stop the console from working and only affects a gamer’s Xbox Live account.

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