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Old 01-28-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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LXer: The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone


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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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Another problem is that tablets were not included in the exception.
 
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And USians claim to spread freedom to the rest of the world (well, the politicians at least).
 
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They also threaten other countries that if they don't comply, they will bring democracy to them. Democracy being a MOAB with "democracy" written on it.
 
  


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