Safeguards for electronic users of all kinds were adopted in a comprehensive ruling by the Library of Congress covering technologies as diverse as consumer electronics, agricultural machinery, 3D printing, and online learning platforms. The ruling prescribes exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a particularly unpopular law among technology fans designed to prevent copyright piracy, but it did lead to a number of unwanted side effects from YouTube video takedowns that limited console modding  ] The new ruling determines which activities are exempted from the DMCA, meaning that these activities are no longer in danger of infringing copyrights. One of the biggest topics of interest to technology customers is protecting their right to repair devices such as smartphones and tablets if they break. Many consumer electronic devices are equipped with Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, and it has been illegal to repair DRMs or tinker with their devices.
Apple is notorious for its aggressive use of DRM and its strong discouragement from users or third parties repairing their devices. The software in Apple devices may check to see if any part of approved personnel has been installed and it has been reported to be a masonry repaired by an unauthorized third party.
Now, thanks to the new scheme, both repairers and individual users have legal support to circumvent DRM to repair a faulty device. However, dealing with DRM can still be a complex and intimidating process for the average user since some technical knowledge is required to bypass software blocks. While the decision does not mean that repair tools are made available, it does mean that it is at least legal to create your own repair tools.
A second area of interest for tech fans is protection for archiving historical video games, which was a problem for many classic players. Older games were previously only legally available on outdated equipment, making studying or preserving these games extremely difficult. The new rules allow archivists to preserve old games by keeping copies not only of the software that runs on a user's computer, but also of the software that runs on the company's servers. This may allow the preservation of online games such as Everquest as well as games from obsolete consoles such as the Dreamcast.