As Network World's Paul McNamara notes, YouTube "Hitler Finds Out..." videos are likely to come back into vogue, along with other copyrighted material that's been quashed due to DMCA takedown notices. I'm not entirely convinced that's a big plus.
But I don't expect an iPhone revolution. Apple has been saying jailbreaking isn't allowed because it violates the DMCA. Now Apple will simply say it isn't allowed because Apple doesn't allow it. The game of cat and mouse between it and the jailbreakers will continue unabated, though this might inspire more people to hack the iPhone -- and more OS updates attempting to undo whatever the hackers just did. Not a whole lot of changes there.
Even so, these exemptions aren't exactly a cure for the DMCA blues. As Ars Technica's Nate Anderson writes:
Other, broader exemptions were not allowed. Bypassing the DRM on purchased music when the authentication servers have gone dark? Still illegal. Bypassing the DRM on streaming video in order to watch it on non-supported platforms? Nope.
But the exemptions that did make it were carefully thought out and actually helpful this time around. That's the good news. The bad news is that they must be re-argued every three years, and the Library has taken so long getting its most recent ruling out that that the next review happens just two years from now.
Still, it's nice when the good guys win. Too bad it doesn't happen more often.
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