"Researchers who hack into everything from thermostats to Facebook so they can identify and help patch security holes may get a little assistance from Congress. Legislation proposed last week would change copyright law to make it easier for these security researchers—not malicious hackers—to find and expose software vulnerabilities without getting in trouble for it. The 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act made it illegal to get around technology protections—that includes ripping DVDs, copying video games, and in some cases, even jailbreaking your own smartphone. One provision of the act offers exemptions for certain activities. Ostensibly, security research is one of those activities, but the way the law is set up makes it difficult to get exemptions for research, critics say... The bill likely faces an uphill battle."
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Proposed Update to Copyright Rules Eases Barriers to Security Research; National Journal, 4/20/15
Kaveh Waddell, Comic Book Resources; Proposed Update to Copyright Rules Eases Barriers to Security Research: