Updated DMCA legalizes jailbreaking, DVD ripping and more

By Matthew · 19 replies
Jul 26, 2010
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  1. In a landmark decision, the US Library of Congress has added several critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), legalizing cell phone jailbreaking and more. The changes come at the behest of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and will protect "jailbreakers, unlockers, and vidders" from being sued over non-infringing fair use activities. The exemptions include the following:

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  2. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    I like this ruling! It's about time we got some non-draconian legislation.
  3. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    "Permission for cell phone owners to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers or "jailbreak" their device."

    Does that mean apple can't brick the phones that try to update when jailbroken?
  4. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    I expect this one will be the catchall defense for any pirate groups out there. There will probably some backlash about it.

    Was this a problem? I can't see any reason why someone would intentionally disable a book reader. It's like a slap in the face to those with eye site problems.
  5. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    I think the real stick in the mud will come when "a professor" copies a DVD/Blu-Ray "for educational purposes" at home over and over and over... without making a penny (thus non-commercial). Or when a "film student" uploads movie clips to YouTube with "commentary" (could just be 10-secs at the end with "I liked it").

    We all know how much the MPAA like to control their cash-cows.
  6. Jane55

    Jane55 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    aha, just for personal use and no-commercial use, and you own the DVD, most of all under 'fair use', then that's ok...
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,669   +1,102

    This is one of the best news i've heard in years! I've always supported non-commercial use of owned dvd's and other things like that.
    "powerful art form" - very true! +1 respect from me
  8. Suck it, Steve Jobs!
  9. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    insect, if you read the ruling it is about use of short portions of the work, not the movies as a whole. Uploading the full movie and commenting on it or copying the entire DVD would still be illegal.
  10. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    This bit of news fills me with warm fuzzy feelings - especially the jailbreaking part :D.
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    "Permission to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws."

    LOL...what a crack-up (pun intended). Well, there's the new pat excuse to hack - and ultimately steal - games.
  12. kyosuke

    kyosuke TS Rookie Posts: 47

    But does this mean that I can Jailbreak and still be under warranty?

    I don't get the e-book thing but whatever, We are no longer "Pirates"

    :D So Now people can say "I'm not file-sharing I am sharing my work with my friends". If asked what the person changed to the movie, you watch the whole thing and when the ending credits are about to roll it ends, perfect editing.
  13. Book publishers claimed they have audio book rights, so they can sell an electronic version but wanted the ability to not allow text to speech to work. This allows you to have text to speech of a ebook you buy despite the book publishers objection.
  14. kyosuke

    kyosuke TS Rookie Posts: 47

    lol I just realized that the DMCA are probably iPhone 4 users and figured this would be their way to get back at Apple and AT&T.

    They were also sick of Movie companies and Movie stars complaining about the >1% drop on DVD sales due to "Pirating"

    even better they probably live in NY and with the new MTA increase they are trying to save money for everybody
  15. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    This ruling is freakin great! Now people that buy iPhones will actually OWN what they paid for!
  16. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    One step closer to catching up with the 21st century.

    Not really it's still copyright infringement and illegal in the US, they have a paragraph addressing it. Just gives permission to owners of games to break intrusive DRM.
  17. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    I'd consider Ubisoft's intrusive system of DRM to be a security issue. I'm no pirate, but I think plenty of people should rightfully 'investigate' the flaws of Assassin's Creed 2 in order to get a gaming experience that is on their terms, instead of UbiSoft's.
  18. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    At last this may make some skunkheads at apple realize that they need not to suppress people's freedoms with regard to devices 'they actually purchase/and own', and letting them customize/or modify them as they wish.
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    No suppression of freedom...
    and no warranty either.

  20. RuskiSnajper

    RuskiSnajper TS Rookie Posts: 28


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