Every three years the United States Copyright Office holds a triennial rule-making proceeding where it hears from stakeholder groups so that it can make recommendations for the Librarian of Congress. The Librarian then reviews, renews, and implements new exemptions to 17 U.S.C. § 1201. 17 U.S.C. § 1201 forbids the circumvention of technological measures which are used to prevent unauthorized access to copyrighted works. These exemptions take many different forms and have many different goals. Some are focused on issues like allowing disabled users to implement assistive software in E-books, while others are focused on issues like allowing consumers to jailbreak their phones. Last Friday, a new batch of these exemptions was released by the Librarian of Congress in the 2018 Final Rule. Many exemptions were renewed, but this year was particularly exciting because a new exemption was adopted to help expand ongoing video-game preservation efforts.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on October 31, 2018. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Hall, Joshua, "The Final Rule (for Now) on Archival Efforts for Old Online Games" (2018). AELJ Blog. 182.