I KNEW I liked the Library of Congress

Ok. This is for Shifty, who obviously gets all his IMPORTANT news from this site.

Apparently, we’ve been able to do a little legal hacking, distribute copyrighted material, and circumvent a whole slew of methods designed to “keep us out” for a little while now. And all because of some changes to rules concerning anitcircumvention that the Library of Congress felt it necessary to amend. (Discovered here)

There isn’t a lot to read here, and it’s clear. I’m not sure who’s idea this all was, but it sure doesn’t seem like something I’d expect to see coming from the U.S. government. It’s a bit too… well, OPEN.

So if you’re an educator, a cell phone bargain hunter, or just want to avoid root-kit nonsense on your CDs, you should be a happy puppy! Copy away! Unlock, de-dongle, unwrap, decrypt, and uninstall!

…just be sure you read the ruling. This isn’t the “Wild West” you know.  And watch the “gotcha!”: “Persons making noninfringing uses of the following six classes of works
will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access
controls (17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)) during the next three years.”

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