ALA, among others, is trying to make a permanent exemption for video games in Title 17 USC 1201 (Circumvention of copyright protection systems). I am sure I do not have to remind those on this list of the importance that video games play in our culture, nor the difficulty we have preserving them because of restrictions current copyright law. So many video games have short commercial shelf lives and are abandoned by their producers.
How you can help: ALA is looking for examples that can be made to demonstrate the need for exempting video games from the restrictions prohibiting memory institutions from breaking DRM for preservation purposes.
There is a strict deadline. Please send me examples, or respond to this list by July 27th. I’ll compile and send all comments along to those making the case.
Thanks so much,
MacDonald Curator of Preservation
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut Street, Room 610
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206