10/7/2005

Any DVDs, Games You Want Cracked?

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:22 am

If there’s some digital media you’d like to see cracked — a copy-protected DVD, say — then now’s the time to tell the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Copyright Office is conducting a periodic review of anti-cracking provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and is seeking submissions from the public.

In the last review, the office allowed the cracking of web-filtering technology to see what sites are filtered out; bypassing copy protection on computer programs or video games available only in obsolete formats; cracking ebook copy-protection to allow the blind to use read-aloud software; and cracking computer programs protected by hardware devices, or “dongles,” that are malfunctioning.

The copyright office will take written comments from interested parties through Dec. 1, addressing what copyright works should be exempted from the law’s anti-cracking provisions. Following the initial comment period, the office will accept rebuttals until Feb. 2 and then hold two sets of hearings beginning in April.

The DMCA forbids cracking of copy-protected or encrypted digital media, with certain exceptions. When the law was passed, Congress mandated the register of copyrights revisit the anti-circumvention section every three years to make sure consumers have proper access to materials they purchased — even if content creators have them locked down.

If the copyright office finds instances where copy protection prevents fair use of the work, then those copy protections can be legally circumvented.

Source: Wired

 

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