It is Now Legal in the US to Jailbreak a Game's DRM After Servers Have Shut Down - NewsWilliam D'Angelo, posted on 28 October 2015 / 2,888 Views
The Library of Congress has changed the DRM laws in the US so that it is now legal to jailbreak a game's DRM once servers for the game have shut down and made it impossible to play.
However, this exception does not apply to any game that has only lost its online multiplayer features.
"The Librarian granted part of EFF’s new proposal for an exemption to preserve abandoned video games," said the Electronic Frontier Foundation after the ruling.
"The new exemption allows players to modify their copy of a game to eliminate the need for an authentication server after the original server is shut down. Museums, libraries, and archives can go a step further and jailbreak game consoles as needed to get the games working again."
"Disappointingly, the Librarian limited the exemption to games that can’t be played at all after a server shutdown, excluding games where only the online multiplayer features are lost. Still, this exemption will help keep many classic and beloved video games playable by future generations."
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