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U.S. Copyright Office Relaxes Tech Laws

Groundbreaking new rules have been released today which legalize many common, but illegal practices.

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on July 26, 2010.

Groundbreaking new rules have been released today which legalize many common, but illegal practices. Crunchgear reports:

1. Defeating a lawfully obtained DVD’s encryption for the sole purpose of short, fair use in an educational setting or for criticism

2. Computer programs that allow you to run lawfully obtained software on your phone that you otherwise would not be able to run aka Jailbreaking to use Google Voice on your iPhone

3. Computer programs that allow you to use your phone on a different network aka Jailbreaking to use your iPhone on T-Mobile

4. Circumventing video game encryption (DRM) for the purposes of legitimate security testing or investigation

5. Cracking computer programs protected by dongles when the dongles become obsolete or are no longer being manufactured

6. Having an ebook be read aloud (is for the blind) even if that book has controls built into it to prevent that sort of thing.


Statement of the Librarian of Congress Relating to Section 1201 Rulemaking

Crunchgear: “Now legal in the U.S.: Jailbreaking your iPhone, ripping a DVD for educational purposes”

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