US Copyright Office rules console owners can repair optical drives

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Danielle Partis

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The US Copyright Office has announced a change to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that will let console owners repair the optical drives on their own devices.

The exemption, led by the librarian of Congress, also allows consumers to perform “diagnosis, maintenance and repair” on other software-enabled electrical devices.

“For the reasons discussed in the Register’s Recommendation, the Register recommended expanding the existing exemption for diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of certain categories of devices to cover any software-enabled device that is primarily designed for use by consumers,” the final rule read.

The register also notes that the exemption to video game

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