It’s that time again: every three years, the Copyright Office allows the public to ask for exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s ban on “circumvention,” which prevents you from unlocking devices you own.
When the player count fades, online games often end up shuttered by publishers who can no longer pay for the servers and staff to maintain them. The EFF has asked for an exemption to copyright rules that make reverse-engineering netcode an iffy legal proposition. The aim? To allow online games to live forever on third-party servers.