Windows 10: DMCA rules updated to give security experts legal backing to research


  1. Posts : 21,665
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16226
       31 Oct 2016 #1

    DMCA rules updated to give security experts legal backing to research


    It's taken years, but finally, cybersecurity professionals have been given license to reverse engineer technology.

    The US government have updated and published a new list of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a move perhaps long-overdue which will protect cybersecurity professionals from prosecution when reverse-engineering products for research purposes.

    On Friday, the US Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress published the updated rules on the federal register.

    The DMCA regulations now include exceptions relating to security research and vehicle repair relevant to today's cybersecurity field. For the next two years, researchers can circumvent digital access controls, reverse engineer, access, copy and manipulate digital content which is protected by copyright without fear of prosecution -- within reason.

    The exceptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA were born from two years of prompting by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other public interest groups.

    While the DMCA makes it illegal to circumvent controls that prevent access to copyrighted material, researchers are now able to find vulnerabilities and bugs by reverse engineering or circumventing controls in the spirit of what the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calls "good faith" research.

    If research is conducted in "good faith," the FTC defines such as:

    "Accessing a computer program solely for purposes of good-faith testing, investigation and/or correction of a security flaw or vulnerability, where such activity is carried out in a controlled environment designed to avoid any harm to individuals or the public, and where the information derived from the activity is used primarily to promote the security or safety of the class of devices or machines on which the computer program operates, or those who use such devices or machines, and is not used or maintained in a manner that facilitates copyright infringement."

    The list of exemptions include:

    • Computer programs operating on legal devices and software reverse engineered for cybersecurity research
    • Consumer devices, such as smartphones, tablets and voting machines for research purposes
    • Vehicle testing
    • Medical device exploration by patients to access data
    • Video games, libraries and video streaming for educational purposes


    Read more: US DMCA rules updated to give security experts legal backing to research | ZDNet
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 15,390
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       31 Oct 2016 #2

    Hopefully other countries will follow suit.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
Are Microsoft store apps legal? in Software and Apps
Are Microsoft store apps legal? Never thought I would ask that question. I see a lot of free movie apps being offered. The ad you see at the top could pay for the movies. I find very odd though. Especially, since some of free movies are also...
Norton Security products updated pulled as it conflicts with Windows Action Center Windows Action Center reports that Norton is turned off after I update my Norton product Norton 22.5.5 Product Update available now | Norton Community
Source A Guy
I'm planning to upgrade a Win 7 32 Bit OS (Retail) with the free upgrade offer (at some point when the dust settles). Can I then legally do a clean install of Win 10 64 Bit "over the top" of the Win 10 32 Bit upgrade OS ? My hardware is older,...
Any iPhone Experts Here? in Chillout Room
My wife wants WhatsApp installed on her iPhone 3G however when trying to install it from the App Store she gets the message that she must be running iOS 4.3 (or 4.4, can't remember) or higher. Currently she's on 4.2 (I think). Her phone is...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:43.
Find Us