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Phone Lock Ruling A Blow To Wireless Industry

Law360 (November 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a decision that will affect several pending lawsuits, mobile phone users will be allowed to break the locks on their phones to use them with a competing carrier’s network under six exemptions to digital copyright laws approved by the U.S. Copyright Office on Wednesday.

The rules take effect Monday and expire in three years, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said.

Consumer activists had fought for the right to break the locks, arguing that mobile communications providers are using software locks to control customer access...
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