The news was welcomed by a wide audience, including smartphone users (it’s now considered “fair use” to “jailbreak” your iPhone; see analysis at Ars Technica), computer programmers (“good faith testing” of computer and video game security is no longer punishable),
But the most exciting news around Goodson Blogson HQ was the expansion of fair use rights as they relate to DVDs. Previous exemptions had allowed college/university professors to incorporate copyright-protected DVD clips in the classroom, but look who now can incorporate “short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment [. . . with] reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the use”:
- Educational uses by college and university professors and by college and university film and media studies students;
- Documentary filmmaking;
- Noncommercial videos.
These exemptions are set and re-evaluated by the Librarian of Congress every three years, so enjoy them while they last. (Records of the previous anticircumvention rulemaking are available at the Copyright Office website.)