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How the new DMCA Exemptions Affect Retrogaming/Computing

I just read this letter from the librarian of congress regarding some new exemptions to the DMCA. One of them specifically mentions videogames, but that seems mostly irrelevant to us (since it seems intended for folks testing for security flaws and dangerous malware). What's more interesting is item 5:

(5) Computer programs protected by dongles that prevent access due to malfunction or damage and which are obsolete. A dongle shall be considered obsolete if it is no longer manufactured or if a replacement or repair is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.

This is obviously a great relief to many enthusiasts of vintage consoles (as well as computers), since we all know that a great many such dongles are no longer available and must be hacked around.

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