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There are some exceptions to the provisions of the DMCA, which allow, for example, circumvention of copyright protections in specific situations or for specific purposes. It should be noted at the outset, however, that such exceptions are limited in scope and one would be wise to reference the DMCA directly or consult an attorney to ensure that the exceptions apply to your intended use. Some examples of exclusions from liability that are included in the DMCA are:

  • Library or educational use
  • Law enforcement or governmental use
  • Reverse engineering
  • Analog tape copying (pertaining to some VHS/Beta videotapes)

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