Petition to Encourage Action on Cell Phone Unlocking

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Did you know that as of today, it’s illegal to unlock your cell phone?

The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA.

That means that now you can’t unlock your phone for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after your contract has expired.

If you think that’s too many kinds of wrong, you’re not alone. There’s a petition on asking the White House to rescind the decision or champion a bill in Congress to make unlocking permanently legal.

If you want to be able to unlock your phone without breaking the law, you might want to head over and sign it.

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    The law specifically allows for the Library of Congress review. In effect, Congress has delegated the authority for making such legal/illegal decisions.

    There is a tradition of doing this in all sorts of areas (including warmaking powers), and it generally passes constitutional muster. Whether it should or not is a different question