I don't know where MR is hosting his site, but reverse engineering and firmware modifications are legal in Europe, and may be legal in the US as well under the fair use doctrine, as long as the mod is not intended as a circumvention of a legit restriction put in place to protect some interests belonging to IP right holders.Interesting move by MR to support the illegal hacking of a Panasonic product... I wonder if dpreview will be so brave?
Just a quick (and last, I promise) message on the subject of legality, because this is an important one in those days and age.I could well be wrong, but I got the impression hacker13 is based in Russia... perhaps illicit would have been a better term - I doubt that hacker13 will be prosecuted for this work.
You should, as the owner. Owning something is the absolute power to exercise the 3 kind of rights one can get on things : the right to benefit from the revenues the thing can produce, the right to use the thing for yourself, and the right to dispose of the thing at will, by loaning it, selling it, destroying it, or dumping it.Let's say Panasonic sell the camera with the 30 minute video limit, in order to avoid paying/charging extra tax for it being a video camera - and this hack unlocks that capability... who will be liable for paying the extra tax? Panasonic, me or hacker13?