Anti-DMCA crusaders fight for the right to crack DRM

30 04 2009

Every three years, the US Copyright Office reviews the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s most controversial section—the ban on circumventing DRM, even for legal uses. The Copyright Office has the authority to issue three-year exemptions to that blanket ban, carving out space for DVD-ripping film school profs, for instance, or making it legal for people to bypass DRM in order to unlock cell phones.

Tomorrow, four days of hearings begin on a new round of exemptions (read the schedule).

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