New Bill Would Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

For the past six years, cell phone unlocking was granted exemption under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In October, the Library of Congress decided to remove the exception, and since January of this year, cell phone unlocking has been illegal and the Internet hasn’t been too happy. A new bill introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives aims to change that.

H.R. 1892, the “Unlocking Technology Act of 2013” would legalize cell phone and tablet unlocking under the notion that doing so isn’t necessarily copyright infringement, that there are plenty of other reasons you would want to unlock a device. This would also legalize unlocking software and jailbreaking.

H.R. 1892 is definitely a step in the right direction. Not only will it protect our rights to do what we want with things we purchase, it actually amends the DMCA. Now we just have to wait and see if it gets passed.

via Digital Trends

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