Unlocking Cellphones Is Now Illegal, but You’ll Be Forgiven

It is now illegal to unlock a cellphone, thanks to a decision late last year by the Library of Congress that went into effect on Saturday. That decision eliminated an exemption to the DMCA that gave users the right to legally unlock a device in order to use a different provider’s network. The Library kept the exemption in place during reviews in 2006 and 2010, but decided last October to reverse its stance, reasoning that the mobile market had grown significantly and consumers had more choices regarding phones and carrier plans.

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Unlocking Cellphones Is Now Illegal, but You’ll Be Forgiven

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