There is a process for reclaiming control over your hardware. Every three years, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress considers exemptions to Section 1201 of DMCA, which by default makes it illegal to bypass the encryption on any hardware. This year the EFF applied for exemptions to allow for vehicle repairs -- as well as phone jailbreaking, Internet of things unlocking, security research, medical device research, electronic distribution of literary works by libraries, and a slew of other activities that run afoul of DMCA in a software-driven world unimagined in 1998 when DMCA was enacted.

Friday, April 24, 2015

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