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New Copyright Exceptions Adopted for Movies, Software (1)

Oct. 25, 2018, 3:17 PMUpdated: Oct. 25, 2018, 8:11 PM

Educators and documentary filmmakers are among users who will benefit from new and expanded copyright law exemptions approved by the Library of Congress.

The exemptions announced Oct. 25 protect users from being sued for copyright infringement by allowing them to circumvent certain high-tech protections on movies and software.

Users can now break digital rights management protections on DVDs to extract clips for comment and criticism, control residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and vehicles for repair, and preserve defunct software and video games.

The Library of Congress issues copyright exemptions every three years. It accepted all of the Copyright ...