Cellphone Unlocking Bill Provides 'Band-Aid' Fix

Law360, New York (March 12, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT) -- Legislation introduced Monday by the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee that would let consumers "unlock" their cellphones so they can be used on different networks should mollify critics of a U.S. Copyright Office ruling barring the practice, but attorneys say it is a conservative solution to the problem that comes with an expiration date.

While Congress has the authority to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to explicitly allow cellphone unlocking, the bill does not do that. Instead, it would repeal the Copyright Office decision...
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