Screen readers and jailbreaks legal!

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I think this is good news for students and anyone who uses assistive technology to read books and other online text: The Library of Congress issued a list of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, including one that will make it legal to work around software and hardware that prevents the use of screen readers or devices to alter the format of digital text.

Also–you can jailbreak your smart phone. Thanks, Library of Congress!

In a July 26 statement James Billington of the LOC said that technology could be legally circumvented for:

Literary works distributed in ebook format when all existing ebook editions of the work (including digital text editions made available by authorized entities) contain access controls that prevent the enabling either of the book’s read-aloud function or of screen readers that render the text into a specialized format.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is happy about this, and you can read more at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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