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US Copyright Chief Breaks Handset Locks

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Nov 24, 2006, 4:08 PM   by (staff)

The Librarian of Congress, who is responsible for rulings on copyright in the US has granted an exemption that will allow users to take their handset with them if they switch carriers. The change, which takes effect Monday, allows users to bypass software locks on handsets with or without a carrier's help to lawfully bring their phones with them to a new network. The ruling found that software locks like SIM locks or SPC codes on handsets were not covered by the DMCA because they are designed to protect a business model instead of preventing copyright infringement. While this ruling covers SIM locks and other handset-based locks, the ruling does not prevent CDMA networks from refusing to allow a user's phone on a network. The exemption will last for at least three years, but the Librarian of Congress could be asked to review the exemption in a future DMCA evaluation, which happen every three years.

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Try It biggshaad Nov 30, 2006, 11:25 AM
Simply Put Herd-12 Nov 25, 2006, 9:43 AM
Chargebacks? Sp3c1al Ed Nov 25, 2006, 1:51 PM
Big mess ts5671 Nov 29, 2006, 5:15 PM
What about? SkillciaX Nov 27, 2006, 2:45 AM
Verizon software?? squirrellydw Nov 25, 2006, 5:25 PM
What's the difference? cm8023 Nov 27, 2006, 1:38 PM
Sidekick for cingular biggshaad Nov 25, 2006, 9:05 PM
  • Re: Sidekick for cingular by Showtime_III   Nov 26, 2006, 9:21 AM
  • No by sangyup81   Nov 26, 2006, 9:47 AM
    • Re: No by biggshaad   Nov 26, 2006, 11:39 AM
      • Re: No by TradeMark_310   Nov 26, 2006, 1:56 PM
Better Late than never. ATT Wireless Nov 28, 2006, 8:47 AM
So like it said gunny Nov 24, 2006, 4:32 PM
Prepaid Phones JDouble16 Nov 27, 2006, 4:55 PM
Is the sky falling on the current wireless business model? CS2006 Nov 27, 2006, 3:31 PM
my imagination WireMore Nov 25, 2006, 7:59 AM
When is this taking effect? vzwbellstar Nov 25, 2006, 10:20 AM
what does this mean? jonyboy27 Nov 24, 2006, 4:32 PM
Imagine That... captainplooky Nov 25, 2006, 12:19 PM
Next step... Wireless Buddy Nov 24, 2006, 8:15 PM
I know what this means sangyup81 Nov 24, 2006, 6:53 PM
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