The new exemptions are a major win for the right to repair movement and give consumers wide latitude to legally repair the devices they own.
In Groundbreaking Decision, the Librarian of Congress and US Copyright Office have released 'new rules' that will give consumers and independent repair ships the right to bypass DRM long enough to 'perform' the repair, previously the 'exemptions' only applied to 'tractors' but now a wide range of smart home appliances. smartphones are allowed, but the DRM must stay in place after the repair.
You can when bored read-thru the 85 page decision attached, and will then see its not 'perfect', there is still many devices that you 'can not touch' when it comes to repairs, and even tho you are now allowed to bypass DRM, does not mean legally you can, like when control is in hands of companies 'servers' like in case of the new MacBook's, so its a start, but now we have to fight to expand the 'new exemptions' let again which will not be reviewed by the Feds for another 3 years, in the meantime at least 'smartphones' shops can be repairing devices legally now, without fear of being raided, and consumers in their own homes can install 'replacement parts', etc.
NEWS SOURCE: Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal (via) MotherBoard.Vice