People who are planning to unlock their phones, you guys are in bad luck. Last October, the Library of Congress limits unlocking new phones to be unlocked for 90 days. That three month rule is now waived. Carriers will still be able to sell unlocked handsets themselves or unlock it for customers as long as certain conditions are met. Handsets bought before today can still be unlocked without the worry of being caught by feds.
What could this mean to us? Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Mitch Stoltz told us, “What’s happening is not that the Copyright Office is declaring unlocking to be illegal, but rather that they’re taking away a shield that unlockers could use in court if they get sued.” He also said that the legality of unlocking phones is still up to the courts. “This shows just how absurd the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is: a law that was supposed to stop the breaking of digital locks on copyrighted materials has led to the Librarian of Congress trying to regulate the used cellphone market.” He added.
Another sad day for freedom.
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