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US expands Electronics copyright exemptions

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NEW YORK (Scrap Register): The Library of Congress and U.S. Copyright Office have renewed and expanded exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to give users and repairers of certain electronic devices the right for the next three years to “break” digital rights management systems on their devices for “noninfringing” uses such as maintenance and repair.

The ruling expanded the scope of that exemption beyond cellphones to mobile hotspots, wearable devices, and tablets.

And it removed the requirement that the device be used to specify only that it is legally acquired, which right-to-repair advocates call a major victory, according to media reports.

The decision also renewed all exemptions granted in 2015, including one that allows mobile device unlocking for use on other carrier networks.

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