The following was just forwarded to me by a colleague in DCU..any legal brains out there to work out the implications?..
Apparently, it is now legal under American law to circumvent copy protection if the software is considered obsolete:
On October 28, 2003, the Librarian of Congress, on the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, announced the classes of works, subject to the exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.
The four classes of works exempted are:
(3) Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and which require the original media or hardware as a condition of access. A format shall be considered obsolete if the machine or system necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the commercial marketplace.