Last week, the U.S. Copyright Office released four classes of works that are exempted from the DMCA‘s anti-circumvention provision. A quote from the Wired Magazine article New Ways to Skirt DMCA … Legally!:
People may bypass a digital lock to access lists of websites blocked by commercial filtering companies, circumvent obsolete dongles to access computer programs, access computer programs and video games in obsolete formats, and access e-books where the text-to-speech function has been disabled.
That’s excellent news, but I wonder if we will see a similar move in the Japanese copyright law, as Japanese legislators usually tend to look to the DMCA as the example to follow. Very curious if tinkering computer games in obscure formats is/will be legal in Japan, too.
Over at Hotwired Japan, there’s a Japanese translation of the article mentioned above: 『デジタル・ミレニアム著作権法』に新たな例外規定.