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Copyright Office Adds DMCA Exemption for 'Abandoned' Online Games

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branfont    209

The US Copyright Office has published a list of new exemptions to the DMCA's anti-circumvention rules. Several new freedoms were granted this year, including the right for preservation institutions to break DRM to play abandoned online games. It's a small change that only applies if the server code is legally obtained, but for game preservationists, it's a step in the right direction.


There are a lot of things people are not allowed to do under US copyright law, but perhaps just as importantly there are exemptions.


The U.S. Copyright Office regularly reviews these exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA, which prevent the public from ‘tinkering’ with DRM-protected content and devices.


These provisions are renewed every three years after the Office hears various arguments from stakeholders and the general public. This year, this process has resulted in some noteworthy changes.





Full article @ TorrentFreak

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Emn1ty    4,018

Maybe I'll see Chromehounds make a comeback then... one can only hope.

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