Xbox "modders" face 17 years in prison

Two owners of a Hollywood video game store, as well as a third man, were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for to disable copy protection, and preloading copyrighted games onto the machines for sale.

The case stems from an investigation by the Entertainment Software Association, whose investigators reported that they had bought a modified Xbox from the store in May 2005.

If convicted, the store owners could face up to 17 years in federal prison.

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