WASHINGTON — The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a proposed rule to extend temporary exemptions from rules under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibiting circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.
The proposal, which would create the seventh consecutive exemption, covers several industries, including auto repair, according to the document published in the Oct. 26 Federal Register.
The rule would extend the current DMCA exemption for computer programs that control motorized vehicles, including farm equipment, for purposes of diagnosis, repair and modification.
Many organizations petitioned for the Copyright Office to renew the DMCA exemption, in response to an inquiry the agency issued June 30.
The organizations included the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, the Auto Alliance and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Auto Care Association (ACA), Consumer Technology Association and iFixit filed a joint petition requesting renewal.
"Approximately 20 percent of American consumers buy automotive parts and products to maintain and repair their own vehicles," the ACA and its allies told the Copyright Office, which quoted that statement in the Federal Register notice.