Updates by U.S. Copyright office in regard of exceptions from section 1201 of DMCA

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During the regular yearly review of exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA that allow circumvention of digital rights management (DRM) and similar measures, the copyright office included new exemptions that are considered “fair use”. The new exemptions are related to the possibility of users circumventing DRM to repair their own video games. The second exception is related to circumventing DMR to preserve abandoned video games. This will practically mean that a museum can break DMR in order to enable playing of old video games. The exemption is not applicable to games connected to online video game servers.

 

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