Cell phone unlocking: a legal primer

unlocking, via flickr user ArvidOn March 4th, the Obama administration commented on one of the most wacky parts of copyright law–the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provision and its mandated triennial rulemaking proceeding–by agreeing with the signers of a White House petition that “consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.” You may be wondering what your cell phone has to do with copyright law, so here’s a primer (PDF) on the issue prepared by ALA’s copyright legislative counsel, Jonathan Band.  This is as wonky as it gets, so put on your nerdiest glasses before reading.

Carrie Russell is the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other public policy issues. She has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at crussell@alawash.org.

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