Why Can A Librarian Make Unlocking Cellphones Illegal?

Law360, New York (March 5, 2013, 2:21 PM EST) -- As of Jan. 26, 2013, pursuant to an October 2012 ruling by the librarian of Congress,[1] it is illegal to “unlock” a new mobile phone purchased from a carrier without the approval of the carrier.


In other words, cellphones are typically tied (or “locked”) to one particular service provider, such as AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA Inc. or Sprint Nextel Corp. Often, if a mobile phone is purchased from a service provider — especially if the phone is provided for free or at a very low...
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