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The Right to Repair Your Electronics Just Got Stronger


In 1998, Congress unanimously passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to implement two international copyright treaties. Among other provisions, the DMCA addresses the use of technical measures (digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. The new provisions impose fines and criminal penalties for:

circumventing DRM (Sec. 1201(a)(1)(A)), whether or not copyright infringement takes place, andmanufacturing, importing, or offering to the public, any technology, product, service, device or component for the purpose of circumventing DRM (Sec. 1201(a)(2)).

The DMCA included some limited exceptions that allow circumventing DRM by:

A nonprofit library, archives, or educational institution to review a work solely to determine whether to acquire a copy of that work (Sec. 1201(d));A federal or state employee or contractor performing lawfully authorized investigative, protective, information security or intelligence activity (Sec....(continued)
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