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H.R.1892: Unlocking Technology Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about commerce
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Sponsor Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 9 (8 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Introduced May 8, 2013
Latest Major Action June 14, 2013
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Bill Summary

Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 - Amends the prohibition under federal copyright law on the circumvention of a technological measure that controls access to a copyright-protected work to require that such prohibition apply only to circumventions carried out in order to infringe or facilitate infringement of a protected work.

Declares that it shall not be a violation to: (1) circumvent a technological measure if the purpose is to engage in a use that is not an infringement of federal copyright law; or (2) use, manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part primarily designed or produced to facilitate noninfringing uses of protected works by circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to such work, unless the intent is to infringe or facilitate infringement of a copyright.

Declares that it is not an infringement to copy or adapt the software or firmware...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
May 8, 2013 Referred to House Ways and Means
May 8, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary