Simply put, Section 1201 means that you can be sued or even jailed if you bypass digital locks on copyrighted works—from DVDs to software in your car—even if you are doing so for an otherwise lawful reason, like security testing.;Section 1201 is obviously a big problem for software preservation, especially when it comes to games.
Last December in Software Preservation Network I discussed both the SPN's important documents relating to the DMCA:
- Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation
- A Preservationist's Guide to the DMCA Exemption for Software Preservation