Unlock your Phone and Copyright Law

One of the most frustrating things about getting a new phone is having a limed set of applications available.  One type of phone may not work with a certain cellphone provider.  To remedy this many people attempt to unlock their cellphones. But it has been questionable as to whether doing so would be legal.

In October 2012, the Library of Congress had an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  However, though the Library of Congress was advised by the White House to renew the exemption it expired on January 26th 2013.

It seems like both the White House and the Library of Congress tend to agree that locked cellphones should be reviewed further.  But, considering that the Library of Congress denied the White House, it seems strange.

The LOC contends that it does not serve a rulemaking role.  They contend that if there is to be a lasting change regarding policy shouldn’t come from them but from actual changes to the law.

The LOC has a fair point. The nation is long overdue for more specific articulations of what constitutes a crime in the new age of technology.  How the government chooses to handle this and similar issues will have a huge impact on the future of digital crime.  In the interim, feel free to contact our firm if you have concerns about whether your attempts to download the new version of Angry Birds.  Our Tucson DUI attorneys and criminal defense lawyers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.