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EFF wants to legalize tinkering with shuttered online games

Jef Reahard
11.04.14
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking six exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, one of which may affect your enjoyment of video games and possibly MMOs at some point in the future. In a nutshell, the EFF wants to legalize tinkering with titles which have had their online functions terminated.

"The fair use doctrine enables the manipulation and copying of software code in order to gain access to the ideas and functions embedded within it that are not protected by copyright, including server communication protocols," the EFF says.

Unfortunately for MMO emulator fans, the petition doesn't apply to "persistent world" titles at present.

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