Bipartisan Bill Would Legalize Cellphone Unlocking

Law360, New York (May 9, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT) -- Legislation introduced Thursday by a bipartisan group House lawmakers would make it permanently legal for smartphone and tablet users to unlock their mobile devices, resolving a controversial component of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that currently bans the practice.

Dubbed the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013, the bill permits consumers to unlock their mobile devices and switch between network providers if not under contract.The DMCA currently outlaws unlocking cell phones regardless of whether or not it infringes copyright laws.

The U.S. Copyright Office created an exemption...
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