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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

U.S. Copyright Office Publishes New Exemptions
On November 27, 2006, the Copyright Office published final rules establishing new exemptions from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works. The new exemptions apply to six classes of copyrighted works including:

  • Cellphone owners can now unlock their cellphone software; therefore, they can take their phones with them when they change wireless carriers.
  • Professors can now copy parts of DVDs for educational compilations.
  • Blind people can use software to read legally protected electronic books.
The new rules apply for the next three years. The six exemptions are the most the Copyright Office has ever published at one time. The rules are controversial and may affect ongoing litigation.
  • Click here to read Federal Register notice of new Copyright Exemptions: