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Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemptions aren’t just for documentary filmmakers anymore. The U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress last week broadened a DMCA exception to now allow more filmmakers to circumvent anti-copying technology and rip short video clips for purposes of commentary and criticism.

The DMCA criminalizes the hacking of copyrighted books, movies, video games and computer software. But every three years the Copyright Office updates a list of exemptions for legitimate non-infringing uses, such as “jailbreaking” an iPhone to add third-party software.

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Scott Graham

Scott Graham focuses on intellectual property and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He writes ALM's Skilled in the Art IP briefing. Contact him at [email protected]

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