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01-27-2013, 11:35 AM #81
What I don't understand is in all these online reports, it's saying the Librarian of Congress passed this law...I don't see how a librarian can pass any law...congress or not...did I miss something?...
01-27-2013, 01:49 PM #82
How can they catch you ?? and what is the consequence for it ??
01-27-2013, 07:31 PM #83
01-27-2013, 09:40 PM #84
I'm with you here bro!
Librarian of congress - now that is funny right there! What a sad state this country is in when people didn't even realize what this is and the fact that it was repeated over and over. Put down the beer and read a book once in a while. Holy S, I feel dumber for even replying to this display of lunacy.
Someone save this country please!
01-27-2013, 11:17 PM #85
"Librarian of Congress"!!!?! LMAO..., That's been making me chuckle for the last 24 hours. Great stuff!! (But SO sad)...
01-28-2013, 01:53 AM #86
01-28-2013, 04:11 AM #87
Article on Unlocking of Phones
Unlocking your new smartphone is now illegal: What you need to know | Digital Trends
I hardly ever read an article with such inconsistency as this one.
First it says
Because unlocking a phone requires making changes to its firmware – software that is copyrighted and owned by your carrier – which would be a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
... we cell phone owners do not actually “own” the software running our phones. Instead, we are only “licensing” this software – a key difference – which means that we don’t have a right to alter that software. This also played a role in the Librarian’s decision.
However further down the article it says
Jailbreaking allows you to run apps on your device that you couldn’t with an un-jailbroken phone, such as iOS apps that are not available through the iTunes App Store. But jailbreaking does not let you switch to a different carrier. Also, jailbreaking is still completely legal under the DMCA.
So in one case it is illegal to make changes to the software (unlock), but in another case it is legal to make changes to the software (jailbreak).
On another note this new ruling could be transferred to other gadgets like laptops. You buy a new laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed, but you prefer to use Linux. According to the above ruling it could be argued that you can not replace Windows 8 with another OS, as you would violate the licensing agreement with Microsoft which you automatically entered as you bought the new laptop.
Or Microsoft could sue you for installing any program (e.g. OpenSouce software) as that would make changes to the licensed Windows 8.
This ruling is utter male bovine feces and I am totally convinced that the carrier lobby had their finger/money in this to get such a ruling.
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01-28-2013, 05:41 AM #88
Very good point Ras!
01-28-2013, 08:16 AM #89