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There’s always a catch. Last week, The Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office adopted exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would make it legal for consumers or their conscripted repair experts to hack the embedded software on personal devices for maintenance or repair purposes—you know, if they’re up to the challenge.

Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at fready@alm.com.

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