For copyright activists, Christmas comes but once every three years: a chance to ask Santa for a new exemption to the much-hated Digital Millennium Copyright Act's prohibitions against hacking, reverse engineering, and evasion of digital rights management (DRM) schemes protecting all kinds of digital works and electronic items...

Electronic Frontier Foundation uber-lawyer Fred von Lohmann told Wired News earlier this week that the government "has repeatedly dismissed any consumer-oriented fair uses, such as making backup copies of DVDs or video games, as well as requests for exemptions to enable copying DVDs to laptops and portable devices." He also told them that the DMCA exemption process is "hopelessly broken."

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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