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Microsoft Fires Back at Xbox Live Lawsuit

Last week we reported that the Abington IP law firm was conducting a class action investigation into Microsoft in relation to the recent massive Xbox Live banning. The law firm cried foul play because of the repercussions stemming from the banning including hardware failure and feature denial.

Although the firm agrees that the original modifications were against the terms of use for Xbox Live, the firm believed that Microsoft went too far, thus provoking a class action lawsuit. The law firm also alleged that the banning was "strategically placed," thanks to the popularity of Halo 3: ODST, Modern Warfare 2, and the holiday season.

Now Microsoft is lashing back at the law firm, saying that it was well within its legal rights to ban the consoles from the Xbox Live network. A representative told Financial Post "piracy is illegal and modifying an Xbox 360 is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use." Reports on the recent total of bans for Xbox Live vary, but suggest a number between 600,000 and 1 million users.

VentureBeat actually spoke with Xbox Live's Marc Whitten in an interview here, talking about the recently added features provided by the latest firmware update. But when he was asked about the recent banning, he called it a cat and mouse game. "These were people that were pirating software," he said. “We try to keep sanctity of life from a safety and anti-cheating perspective and we protect our partners."

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