The US Copyright Office was concerned about the right to
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The US Copyright Office was concerned about the “right to repair” not to untie the hands of computer pirates

The U.S. Copyright Office has introduced new exceptions to section 1201 of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits violation of copyright protection of software. As a result, there is a new section on device repairs in the law, which makes it easier to pass laws related to the hotly debated so-called “right to repair”.

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The Copyright Office recommends that the list of exceptions under section 1201 of the Copyright Act be reviewed every three years, which provides legal protection for a number of software activities such as unlocking mobile phones and ripping DVDs for educational use. The introduced exceptions allow to ensure the recognition of legal all actions with consumer devices, the functioning of which depends on the software, except for those allocated by the department. For example, in the case of game consoles, the law only permits the repair and replacement of optical drives, and also requires the re-enabling of any technical protections that were disabled during the repair.

People familiar with the new Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemptions note that the Copyright Office has done a good job on the amendments and has taken into account the main features of various types of devices. The experts believe that the new list of exemptions will be useful and will simplify a number of issues related to the right to repair. Other US departments also have the power to amend existing regulations. The US Federal Trade Commission, for example, has pledged to combat large-company business practices that harass third-party repair shops.

New exceptions to Copyright Law proposed by the Bureau expand the use of software and digital content. For example, teachers were given the right to add subtitles to videos at their discretion, if they have reason to believe that they will be needed. Gamers with disabilities, in turn, will be able to legally bypass systems that prevent them from using custom controllers.

As part of the new rules, archival libraries should be able to create copies of obsolete disk media if they cannot find a replacement for them. However, requests for the right to crack copy protection to convert the contents of these media to other formats have been denied. It is important to note that the latest revisions are expanding the capabilities of security researchers.

The new amendments also weaken the 2015 rules by allowing access to non-implanted medical devices and allowing patients to allow third parties to access them, although some methods of access may still violate the law. The innovations also provide the ability to hack devices for playing streaming video, such as Apple TV, as well as routers or other network equipment, if not done to access pirated content.

In general, it is noted that the new edits made to section 1201 of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act remain controversial. The law is designed to prevent hacking of digital media management software that protects copyrighted media from being copied. But as software becomes an increasingly important part of mainstream consumer devices, the law casts a shadow over countless non-piracy practices.

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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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