Copyright Office Grants Exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Monday was a happy day for smartphone owners and application developers. The Copyright Office ruled that breaking through a digital security system to access software is "fair use" and doesn't affect the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), passed in 1998.

The decision was part of a group of DMCA exceptions the Copyright Office, a unit of the Library of Congress, announced Monday. Every three years, the Copyright Office reviews the DMCA and releases its opinions on how it should be interpreted based on changing technology.

Chelsea Hennessy

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