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Cell Phone Unlocking To Become Illegal January 26

jfruh (300774) writes | about a year and a half ago

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jfruh writes "You probably don't know that the DMCA, the law that broadly bans circumvention of copyright protection, has been interpreted as making it illegal to unlock your phone so that it works on a carrier different from the one you bought it for. That's because the Librarian of Congress, given permission under the law to make exemptions to the DMCA, had determined that the U.S. cell phone market benefited from the ability to unlock phones — but that's now changing, as the librarian's office believes that there are now enough unlocked phones available for purchase that users don't need to hack their own phones. Starting this Saturday, unlocking a phone that was locked to start with will be illegal."
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This is ROTTEN. (1)

treeves (963993) | about a year and a half ago | (#42687027)

Well, I didn't vote for the current Librarian of Congress!

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