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"The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013"

Dyoung Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 8:59 AM
Just don't sign a contract with the phone company. When you sign a contract with Verizon, they discount the phone significantly with the understanding that you are going to be using the phone on their network. Unlocking phones means you can use them on another network. After the contract is up, the company will unlock it for you. Or you can avoid all of this by just buying a new phone no contract, or buy a refurbished.
William... Carpinteria CA Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 9:05 AM
Thanks Dyoug... Good point and advice. Five years in prison and a $500,000 fine is a bit excessive.
Over the weekend, it became illegal to unlock and freely use one of the most important pieces of technology you own: your cell phone. A repercussion of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act is that it's up to the Library of Congress to determine what parts of copyright law are exempt. And until Saturday, Americans were allowed to do what they pleased with their phones.

Not anymore.

Bureaucrats at the Library of Congress intentionally allowed this provision of the onerous DMCA to lapse, preventing Americans from using technology that they buy as they intend to. Derek Khanna over...