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New Rules on Circumventing Circumvention Released Today

The Librarian of Congress, on the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, has announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition in 17 U.S.C. section 1201(a)(1) against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act).

Persons making non-infringing uses of six classes of works will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access controls until the conclusion of the next rule-making. The exemptions cover access to motion pictures on DVD, computer programs, video games and electronic books under certain circumstances.

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