EFF on restoring retro games: software industry calls illegally hacking




According to civil rights organization EFF wants the Entertainment Software Association not that old games by individuals may be modified because an exception in the law for this purpose does the message go out that hacking is legal.

The EFF is fighting in a while for an exception in the American DMCA for restoring games, but the organization is hereby opposes the ESA, which represents companies like Sony, Microsoft, EA and Nintendo. The EFF would particularly an exception to Section 1201: the part that prohibits the circumvention of technical protection of software.

Adjusting the authentication mechanism of a game or the reverse engineering of communication is often needed by the organization to continue to play old games, such as the publishers have the plug pulled from servers. The EFF claims that the ESA an exception to the DMCA will be undesirable because it would send the message that “hacking, an activity that is closely linked in the minds of market participants with piracy, is legal.”

It is unclear where the EFF has come from the observation of the ESA. Perhaps this is one of the comments that have been exchanged over and over again the exception request. The EFF itself publishes its own documents about this, but the ESA does not seem to do. In previous statements , the ESA is still talked about that hacking does not always result in copyright infringement, noted TorrentFreak, but the organization seems to be less important distinction with the new statements.


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