Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday May 12, 2013

New Bill Legalizes Cell Phone Unlocking

A bipartisan bill allowing for the unlocking of devices without service provider permission has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill known as Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 would give owners a legal right to modify any and all software or firmware on their devices.

In addition to explicitly legalizing cell phone unlocking, the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 also modifies the DMCA to make clear that unlocking copy-protected content is only illegal if it's done in order to "facilitate the infringement of a copyright."