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Librarian of Congress grants limited DRM-breaking rights for cars, games, phones, tablets, and remixers

It may not be all great news, but it is a start, a step in the right direction. Naturally, Congress could eliminate this waste of taxpayer money by simply repealing the DMCA (or, at least, Section 1201).

But there’s some good news: the rule permitting jailbreaking phones was extended to tablets, something the Copyright Office rejected three years ago. Then it said that it couldn’t tell laptops from tablets (raising two important questions: “why not allow jailbreaking on laptops”; and, “if you don’t know the difference between a laptop and a tablet, maybe you shouldn’t be regulating either of them?“) [emphasis added]. This year, thanks to EFF, it decided it could finally tell the difference.

Source: Librarian of Congress grants limited DRM-breaking rights for cars, games, phones, tablets, and remixers / Boing Boing

Content Creator Licenses Video To Sony, Sony Then Files Copyright Claim Against Rights Holder

More evidence on just how broken US Copyright and YouTube’s DMCA policies are.

For the past few years, people have been contending with more and more false copyright claims and ID matches on services such as YouTube.

Source: Sony Filed a Copyright Claim Against the Stock Video I Licensed to Them

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Pointing Users to DRM-Stripping Software Isn’t Copyright Infringement, Judge Rules

This could strike a huge blow to the idiotic clause in the DMCA that forbids circumventing DRM locks. I’m crossing my fingers on further developments.

Telling users how to strip the DRM from their legally purchased ebooks is not contributory copyright infringement, according to a ruling last month by a federal judge in New York. Judge Denise Cote dismissed two publishers’ claims of contributory infringement and inducement in Abbey House Media v. Apple Inc., one of the many cases to come out of the antitrust litigation against Apple and a handful of major publishers.

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Why Cellphone Unlocking Could Soon Be Illegal Once Again

The massive missive, passed in 1998, governs the tense and often amorphous intersection of intellectual property and physical property. The law was birthed when digital piracy (of things like DVDs and music) first and truly reared its head. As a reaction, Congress built “anti-circumvention” edicts into Section 1201 of the DMCA. The provision makes it a violation of copyright law to break any sort of technological protection measure over content—like, say, the encryption on DVDs. But the DMCA doesn’t take intention into account. Breaking the lock is a violation, whether or not the locked content is actually pirated.

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Copyright Law Is Being Rewritten Right Now, and You Can Help

Copyright isn’t just about pirating music or downloading DVDs anymore. Like a creature alive, copyright is evolving and expanding. Traditional “dumb” products are being replaced by an internet of things — and copyright is hitching along for the ride. Its DNA is being woven through the programming that powers your car, the firmware in your phone, the code in your kid’s talking teddy bear, and the software that calibrates your hearing aid.

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EFF Asks US Copyright Office For Your Right To Fix Your Car

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.

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EFF Asks For The Right To Revive Abandoned Online Games

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.

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