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New DMCA Exemptions Granted

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Hardware' started by Techman, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    This goes right in line with the recent dongle thread

    New DMCA Exemptions Granted

    The Copyright Office/Library of Congress today issued its determination in the latest triennial DMCA exemption rule-making. Six exemptions were granted, the largest number so far.


    Exemption number ::

    1. Audiovisual works included in the educational library of a college or university's film or media studies department, when circumvention is accomplished for the purpose of making compilations of portions of those works for educational use in the classroom by media studies or film professors.

    And important to us sign makers...

    2. Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and that require the original media or hardware as a condition of access, when circumvention is accomplished for the purpose of preservation or archival reproduction of published digital works by a library or archive. A format shall be considered obsolete if the machine or system necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace. (windows 98 se and like machines)

    3. Computer programs protected by dongles that prevent access due to malfunction or damage and which are obsolete. A dongle shall be considered obsolete if it is no longer manufactured or if a replacement or repair is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.

    4. Literary works distributed in ebook format when all existing ebook editions of the work (including digital text editions made available by authorized entities) contain access controls that prevent the enabling either of the book's read-aloud function or of screen readers that render the text into a specialized format.

    5. Computer programs in the form of firmware that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network.

    6. Sound recordings, and audiovisual works associated with those sound recordings, distributed in compact disc format and protected by technological protection measures that control access to lawfully purchased works and create or exploit security flaws or vulnerabilities that compromise the security of personal computers, when circumvention is accomplished solely for the purpose of good faith testing, investigating, or correcting such security flaws or vulnerabilities.



    the one I like best is the exemption about cell phone usage. We can now alter the firmware of a cell phone so we can install our own little goodies. A cell phone is our device, and we are allowed to alter it in any way we see fit. But this right was circumvented by the companies to lock us into their control.. Its over for them
     
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  2. rcook99

    rcook99 Very Active Member

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    Dam Techman, I thought maybe you were going to tell me Verizon was going to start selling the I Phone.:banghead:
     
  3. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    Some good info there Techman, Thankyou
     
  4. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    good info, but not new. Written in Nov 2006, they will expire next year unless renewed,
     
  5. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    opps.. forget to add in they are taking hearings about extending these ..
     

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