DMCA Changes for Abandoned Games

A Kickstarter update from the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment 2.0 celebrates the news that Librarian of Congress has adopted recommended changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow the circumvention of software protections when resurrecting orphaned works (thanks KXmode). They explain what this means to gamers:
Just what is this? What does it mean? It means the work we did with the EFF, Stanford, MIT, Archive.org and many game developers, worked! We managed to convince the Librarian of Congress to change the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow developers to circumvent software protections when resurrecting an orphaned work.

Here's the "Explain Like I am Five:" The good news: Individual game owners can modify their copies to keep them playable when authentication servers are shutdown. Archives, museums and libraries can modify TPMs and jailbreak consoles for the purposes of preserving games. If you want more detail, check out pages 52-56 of this link."

This means we can bring old game servers back online. It also means museums like us can now circumvent copy protection on consoles to preserve old games! We just managed to make a major change to American Copyright law, one that benefits ALL museums, and ALL game fans.

Your money and support helped us accomplish this. With your continued support, we can move on to more issues like this and keep changing things for the better!
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Oct 28, 2015, 06:54
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Oct 28, 2015, 06:54
Bub
 
Every once and a while our system of government still does something sensible and not soley designed to enrich the 1%.

Hats off the the librarian of congress for growing a pair.
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