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It's time for the original dedicated, non-profit videogame museum to move to a larger space! That means more of everything!
It's time for the original dedicated, non-profit videogame museum to move to a larger space! That means more of everything!
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We changed copyright law

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SUMMARY: In this final rule, the Librarian of Congress adopts exemptions to the

provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) that prohibits

circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works,

codified in section 1201(a)(1) of title 17 of the United States Code. As required under the

statute, the Register of Copyrights, following a public proceeding, submitted a

Recommendation concerning proposed exemptions to the Librarian of Congress. After

careful consideration, the Librarian adopts final regulations based upon the Register’s

Recommendation.

Just what is this? What does it mean? It means the work we did with the EFF, Stanford, MIT, Archive.org and many game developers, worked! We managed to convince the Librarian of Congress to change the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow developers to circumvent software protections when resurrecting an orphaned work. 

Here's the "Explain Like I am Five:" The good news: Individual game owners can modify their copies to keep them playable when authentication servers are shutdown. Archives, museums and libraries can modify TPMs and jailbreak consoles for the purposes of preserving games. If you want more detail, check out pages 52-56 of this link."

This means we can bring old game servers back online. It also means museums like us can now circumvent copy protection on consoles to preserve old games! We just managed to make a major change to American Copyright law, one that benefits ALL museums, and ALL game fans.

Your money and support helped us accomplish this. With your continued support, we can move on to more issues like this and keep changing things for the better!

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    1. Veronica Ramshaw
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      on

      Amazing! Thanks for all your hard work!

    2. Ken Gagne
      Superbacker
      on

      Awesome!

      (TPM = Technological Protection Measures, for anyone else who was also wondering)

    3. Ryan Allen on

      I nearly fell out of my chair when I read this. I was happy to back MADE but I had no idea this was what your were using some of our Backer money for. This is amazing! Really hope to see abandoned MMOs back online like Earth and Beyond; whether you or Archive.org hosts the service. It's not about money it's about letting new generations play those games we loved as kids, teens, young adults.

    4. F. Randall Farmer on

      Gang, this is important. Be sure to spread the word by RTing @themade's latest tweet!

    5. frederic tarabout on

      Impressive! Congrats!

    6. Stefan Guhl on

      Wow, that is great.