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2018 DMCA Rulemaking Exemption Proposals

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2018 DMCA Rulemaking Exemption Proposals

A proposed exemption to diagnose, repair, and modification of computer programs contained in, and controlling the functioning of agricultural vehicles.   Petitioners the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, and National Farmers Union.

A proposed exemption to diagnosis, repair, and modification of computer programs that control the operation of land vehicles. Petitioners Auto Care Association and Consumer Technology Association.

A proposed expansion to all existing repair exemptions to allow third parties to provide service at the request of the owner. Petitioner iFixit.

A proposed exemption for access to aircraft flight, operations, maintenance and security data captures by computer programs or firmware. Petitioner Air Informatics LLC.

A proposed exemption for disability services offices to circumvent technological protection measures for motion pictures, where circumvention is undertaken for the purpose of making a motion picture accessible to people with disabilities, including through the provision of closed and open captions and audio description.  Petitioners the Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-text Providers, Association of Research Libraries, American Library Association, and Association of College and Research Libraries.

A proposed modification to exemption for making use of short portions of motion pictures for use in nonfiction multimedia e-books offering film analysis.  Petitioner Bobette Buster, Authors Alliance, the Organization for Transformative Works.

A proposed modification to exemption for documentary filmmakers making fair use of copyrighted works. Petitioner Film Independent, International Documentary Association, and Kartemquin Films.

A proposed expansion of the current exemption for unlocking of wireless handsets, tablets, portable mobile connectivity devices, and wearable wireless devices to permit them to connect to the wireless carrier of their owner's choice.  The expansion is sought to allow the unlocking of any wireless devices that connect to a wireless telecommunications network, by eliminating the current enumerated categories.  Petitioner Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

A proposed expansion of the current exemption for wireless handsets, tablets, portable mobile connectivity devices, and wearable wireless devices to connect to the wireless carrier of the owner's choice.  The expansion sought is to permit similar unlocking of new devices, including bulk unlocking, by removing the requirement that devices be "used," i.e., that they have previously been activated on a wireless carrier.  Petitioner Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

A proposed exemption that would permit the circumvention of technological protection measures that control access to [1] Audiovisual Works,specifically Motion Pictures, that [2] have been reproduced in digital Copies lawfully made when the works were fixed by embodying the work via digital information in an optical disc, such as a DVD or blu-ray disc.  Petitioner OmniQ.

A proposed exemption for preservationists affiliated with archival institutions to circumvent technological protection measures (TPMs) on lawfully-owned video games that are no longer supported by their publishers. Petitioner  Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment.

A proposed exemption for libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions to circumvent technological protection measures on lawfully acquired software for the purposes of preserving software and software-dependent materials. Petitioners the Software Preservation Network and the Library Copyright Alliance.

A proposed exemption for owners of 3D printers to circumvent technological protection measures on firmware or software in 3D printers to run the printers’ operating systems to allow use of non-manufacturer-approved feedstock. Petitioner Michael Weinberg.

A proposed exemption to permit private owners of Movies and Television on DVD and Blu Ray Discs, to allow circumventing protection in order to create a personal digital backup of content for private use. Petitioner Chris De Pretis, Corporate Video Producer.

A proposed expansion of the current exemption for motion pictures (including television programs and videos) for educational uses. Petitioner Brigham Young University.

A proposed modification of the current exemption for motion pictures for use by instructors of all online educational courses and all online educational institutions.  Petitioners Peter Dechemey and Katherine Sender.

A proposed modification and clarification to the exemption for good-faith security research. Petitioners Prof. Ed Felten and Prof. J. Alex Halderman.

A proposed expansion and clarification to the exemption for good-faith security research to address public policy concerns. Petitioner the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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