This is very cool... The High Court of Australia just ruled that modding gaming hardware in order to play games bought overseas is legal! The ruling came about in a (very) long-lasting case between a modchipper and Sony, but it obviously affects Microsoft and Nintendo as well. About time someone drew a line between modding and piracy... During the case the ACCC stuck their head in to say that region coding was detrimental to customer choice -- which could go a way to affecting DVD encoding as well (though from memory the studios aren't fighting that one so hard anymore in Aus).
Source: Atomic 6Oct2005