Good news for all the tinkerers out there. Motherboard reports that the US Copyright Office is recommending the US government to take action to allow the repair of any item you own
, including bypassing software. According to article, consumer rights groups had to go through an exemption process to Section 1201 of the DMCA
every three years, requesting permission on what circumventions are deemed lawful, decided by the Library of Congress. For years, manufacturers have been arguing that bypassing software locks are in violation of current copyright law and should be illegal.
Although this is merely an advisement from the department, the fact that they are acknowledging the issue because of not wanting to deal with the issue is remarkable. The less bureaucracy the better, right? Of course that still doesn't really solve the issue of some current tech being a pain in the butt to repair
, but baby steps. I guess now I won't have to think twice about opening my Roomba and repairing the freakin' side brushes every other month or just use it for beer pong
Posted by seth 1:48 AM (CDT)
"The growing demand for relief under section 1201 has coincided with a general understanding that bona fide repair and maintenance activities are typically noninfringing," the report stated. "Repair activities are often protected from infringement claims by multiple copyright law provisions."
The office said it's received a huge increase in the number of public comments it's received about repair in the last several years, which "reflects the increasing use of access controls on a wide range of consumer devices containing copyrighted software."