When you purchase digital-based hardware, you should have the unlimited ability to change that hardware or repurpose it. Techcrunch reports that U.S. Copyright Law has been temporarily updated to allow you to make more changes to digital-based hardware you purchase. You now have more latitude with phones, smart home gear, and cars. Although the increased freedom expires in 3 years, it is hoped that one day the changes will become permanent and freedom rather than excessive restriction becomes the default when it comes to digital-based hardware and software. What can we say for sure? What I can say for certain is this will be a big boost to economic activity at a local level and encourage more start-ups that build, support, and enhance technology.