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Copyright Agency Asked To Allow iFixit To Break Locks

US repairs specialist iFixit has urged the Copyright Office to add exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow individuals to legally circumvent digital restrictions in the process of repairing hardware. Exemptions to the relevant section are renewed every three years and are introduced by the Librarian of Congress on the basis of recommendations from the Copyright Office.

The iFixit team, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other right-to-repair advocates, have asked for a sweeping exemption that would allow for the breaking of digital locks, often referred to as Technological Protection Measures, or TPMs, for the purpose of repairs, irrespective of what category the product belongs to.

The proposal has met with stiff opposition from most industries and device makers.

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