Copyright Office Bars Jailbreaking Tablets, Ripping DVDs

Law360, New York (October 25, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Copyright Office on Thursday announced that "jailbreaking" game consoles and tablet computers to use software unapproved by the vendor and copying DVDs for use on other devices violate copyright law, but said it is legal to circumvent digital locks on DVDs to use clips for fair comment.

In a Federal Register notice, the office unveiled its list of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's prohibitions on circumventing technological copyright protection systems. The list is updated every three years.

The office created a new...
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