White House Issues Formal Response to Mobile Phone Unlocking Petition

Unlocking Unlock iPhoneIf you live in the United States, you probably know that a petition was recently filed on the We the People platform to make the act of unlocking cell phones legal again.

Now that the petition has passed the mandatory 100,000 signatures required for an official response from the White House, the government has now provided its formal statement. A portion of it reads:

“The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones.”

While this is great news, the government cannot simply override the decision made by the Library of Congress last year to not renew the cell phone unlocking exemption that formerly existed within the U.S. Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). It will, however, take the necessary legislative steps it can to hopefully make the act of unlocking cell phones legal again.

[AllThingsD]

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