Hacking DRM to fix your electronics IS now legal
In this “groundbreaking decision,” the Feds here in the US are now saying that hacking DRM to fix your electronics IS legal. This is a big change from when we recorded The Changelog #221: How We Got Here with Cory Doctorow.
The new exemptions are a major win for the right to repair movement and give consumers wide latitude to legally repair the devices they own.
Jason Koebler says this on Motherboard:
New copyright rules are released once every three years by the US Copyright Office and are officially put into place by the Librarian of Congress. These are considered “exemptions” to section 1201 of US copyright law, and makes DRM circumvention legal in certain specific cases. The new repair exemption is broad, applies to a wide variety of devices (an exemption in 2015 applied only to tractors and farm equipment, for example), and makes clear that the federal government believes you should be legally allowed to fix the things you own.