US Copyright Office releases new list of anti-circumvention exemptions

The U.S. Copyright Office has updated its list of exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions. (link to the the 2003 version)

Things worth noting:

  • Seth Finkelstein’s censorware related exemption is gone and has been moved to the “Other Exemptions Considered, But Not Recommended” list. Seth has a post about this.
  • There’s a new exemption concerning DRM wrapped around audiovisual works (1) and surprisingly, also a cellphone unlocking related exemption (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.

  • Exemption 6 is the most interesting one though, as it is clearly inspired by the Sony rootkit debacle:

    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.

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