White House Petition to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking Gains Steam
As a result of a controversial recent change in DMCA policy, the act of unlocking new cell phones is illegal.
Last fall, the Register of Copyrights at the Library of Congress determined that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be permissible. A 90-day window, which was established for people to still buy a phone and unlock it, closed at the end of January.
Consequently, it is now against the law for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers. Not surprisingly, the blowback from this sweeping revision has been strong - so strong, in fact, that a White House petition has been drafted to reverse the questionable policy change that outlaws unlocking newer cell phones.
Although similar online petitions targeting a number of issues have had hit-or-miss results over the years, the collection of 100,000 signatures or more mandates a response from the White House. As of this writing, the petition has secured 68,470 signatures. 31,530 more John Hancocks are needed before the February 23, 2013 deadline.
"We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal," the petition creator writes.
To learn more about the petition or to sign it, click here