Copyright Exemptions for
shoppa_classiccmp at trailing-edge.com
Sat Nov 25 07:45:30 CST 2006
Martin Scott Goldberg <wgungfu at csd.uwm.edu> wrote:
> >An article on Yahoo News <http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061123/
> >ap_on_hi_te/digital_copyright> dealing with recent copyright
> >exemptions granted by the US Library of Congress had an item of
> >interest for classiccmp listers buried down at the bottom:
> >"He granted two exemptions dealing with computer obsolescence. For
> >computer software and video games that require machines no longer
> >available, copy-protection controls may be circumvented for archival
> >purposes. Locks on computer programs also may be broken if they
> >require dongles ? small computer attachments ? that are damaged and
> >can't be replaced."
> > CRC
> The article is missleading. If you read the actual statement at the
> Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov/1201/) it clearly states that
> this is only for libraries and archives. So its not granting it carte
> blanche for every person, but it is good news for those of us who run
> actual museums or archives.
Possibly this will inspire close collaboration between individuals
and archives/museums/libraries, for the good of both.
My reading of the law makes it sounds like only binaries will be
covered by the exemption, which is disappointing.
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