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The Public Has Spoken – 100,000 Americans Sign WH Petition on Cellphone Unlocking

Drifter33 Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 10:28 AM
The Librarian of Congress "ruled"??? Is the "Librarian of Congress" also a federal judge? Show of hands: Who here can point out where the "Librarian of Congress" holds any sway whatsoever over "We, the People"? Who here voted for the "Librarian of Congress"? Are we now to bow down and show fealty to a relatively obscure government functionary whose purpose should be to store and catalog books? I think not.
Ann Anon Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 12:39 PM
Vladilyich Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 11:56 AM
The Librarian of Congress is charged with issuing and enforcing copyrights. The Telcos are arguing that their "locking" software is "proprietary" and therefore covered under copyright law. This is a gross perversion of the original writing of copyright law.
wiseone Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 12:13 PM
What is even more ridiculous is that when you change to another service provider you are no longer using the copyrighted software anyway. You are using the same physical cell phone, which is hardware, and your new service provider's software.

BTW - in the interest of full disclosure I have had a horrible experience with a cellphone service provider (Verizon), and cost of buying new phones was a definite factor in my decision whether to change my service to a competitor. (Verizon was so awful I made the change anyway.)
Reginald10 Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 2:46 PM
But this isn't a matter of copyright; it's a rule issued by the Librarian. IMHO, it wasn't duly processed, and so isn't an enforceable law.

On January 26, 2013, the Librarian of Congress issued a ruling that made it illegal to unlock new phones. Unlocking is a technique to allow your phone to use a different carrier. Doing so could place you in legal liability for up to 5 years in jail and a $500,000 fine (specifically the Librarian of Congress allowed the existing exception to lapse). This prohibition is a violation of our property rights, and it makes you wonder, if you can’t alter the settings on your phone, do you even own your own phone?

The ruling is a clear example of crony-capitalism, where...