Copyright exemption for research on cars

The Hill reports:

The Librarian of Congress on Tuesday clarified that researchers can tinker with software embedded in cars to investigate security flaws without running afoul of copyright law. 

The decision was handed down from the Copyright Office as part of a triennial review that exempts certain activity from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), a section of which bars people from bypassing technologies that protect copyrighted work. 

Advocates pushing for the exemption charged that current copyright law has the potential to chill independent research into security flaws at a time when vulnerabilities are more prevalent than ever. They also say current law might have prevented researchers from finding Volkswagen's deceptive emissions software earlier.

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