New rules allow cell-phone hack

Friday, 24 November 2006, 12:44 AM EST

The U.S. Copyright Office specified new rules Wednesday allowing cellphone owners to hack software designed to prevent them from using their phones on competing carriers. Retrogaming enthusiasts will also be permitted to crack copy protection on abandoned titles, albeit for "archival" purposes only.

The rules also allow teachers to copy "snippets" from DVDs for educational compilations, and confer the right to have third-party software read copy-protected electronic books - if you're blind.

At Wired.

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