The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have drafted a compromise bill that will allow for the unlocking of cell phones. The “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” [PDF] was introduced yesterday by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA).
Unlocking phones to run on other networks violates the prohibition against “circumventing” copy protection schemes under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
However, from 2006 to 2012, the Library of Congress granted an “exemption” to copyright law that allowed for consumers to unlock their cellphones in order to change providers. They allowed that exemption to expire in 2013, however, and cell phone unlocking went back to being illegal.
Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Leave a Reply