As we've noted more than a few times, we live in an era where the products you
think you own can be disabled, crippled or held hostage on a whim. That's been
particularly apparent when it comes to video game consoles and software, with
an increasing array of titles relying on server connectivity not only for
multi-player content, but also for DRM authentication in order to play single
player titles. The former was an issue earlier this year when Nintendo
announced that the company would be killing online functionality for a wide
variety of Wii and DS titles, some of which were only a year or two old. The
latter was an issue with Blizzard's Diablo 3, EA's latest incarnation of
SimCity, and a growing number of other games.
When these servers for older titles get shut down, often gaming communities
are left trying to cobble together functionality with little to no support
from the companies that made them, and/or with concern they'd be violating
section 1201. In their latest list of six DMCA exemption requests, the
Electronic Frontier Foundation includes the right to tinker with older games.
Not just for the enjoyment of keeping ...