Activision Issues Cease-and-Desist to "Skylanders" Experimenter

Activision Issues Cease-and-Desist to "Skylanders" Experimenter

Game Politics reports that accused hacker Brandon Wilson was issued a cease-and-desist letter from Activision after he collected data from a Skylanders figurine and uploaded it privately to his personal website. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, by the way, is the game where you buy real-life figures that translate into in-game characters when a peripheral for your console reads the code on their undersides.

It's pretty basic stuff, apparently, since Wilson appears to have had little trouble accessing the data. But Activision claims he "reverse-engineered the Skylanders RFID code, is working with others to hack the game, and is collaborating those efforts on a message board." What they're worried about is players being able to use the scanned data to make the game think they have figurines that they didn't actually buy.

But Wilson claims their allegations are false, and that the data was for his personal use only. Does this fall under the same category as jailbreaking an iphone or console, which has been declared perfectly legal in the US? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

Tags: skylanders-spyros-adventure, legal-problems, activision, hacking
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