The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone

Posted by BernardSwiss on Jan 29, 2013 1:21 AM EDT
The Atlantic; By Derek Khanna
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Until recently it was illegal to jailbreak your own iPhone, and after Saturday it will be illegal to unlock a new smartphone, thereby allowing it to switch carriers. This is a result of the exception to the DMCA lapsing. It was not a mistake, but rather an intentional choice by the Librarian of Congress, that this was no longer fair use and acceptable. The Electronic Frontier Foundation among other groups has detailed the many failings of the DMCA Triennial Rulemaking process, which in this case led to this exception lapsing.

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