Xbox pirate ops capsized

Trio of California men busted for selling modded consoles; the three face up to five years in prison.

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Three men were charged with copyright infringement for their roles in a modified Xbox racket in Southern California. Jason Jones, 34, and Jonathan Bryant, 44, sold Xboxes illegally modified by Pei Cai, 32. All three, if convicted, face up to five years of jail time. The consoles, which allowed users to illegally copy games onto installed hard drives, were sold out of ACME Game Store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, with some fetching more than $500. The store made news earlier this year when it cohosted a show featuring artists paying homage to retro games.

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