From Core Magazine:
After a highly publicized legal battle, Sony has won a civil judgment against ChannelTechnology, creators of the ‘Messiah’ modchip for the PlayStation2. In accordance with the court’s ruling, ChannelTechnology has been ordered to pay 45000 pounds ($63,450) in legal costs and 15000 pounds ($21,150) in compensation to Sony. The decision was reportedly based on article 296 of British law which involves devices used to circumvent copyright protection. The ‘Messiah’ was the first PlayStation2 modchip to allow direct-booting of copied games and original games from any territory. Since the decision, ChannelTechnology has ceased operations altogether. Despite their apparent shutdown, a slew of similar devices have begun flooding the underground market.