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[liberationtech] Let's make rooting phones a crime

Mark Belinsky mark.belinsky at
Mon Mar 4 19:55:16 PST 2013

Obama has committed to personally unlocking the phone of any campaign donor
who asks! He's even pledged on to become *the
first "leet" POTUS*.

So that might be a slight exaggeration. But the White House *has* put out
their official statement in response to the *114,000 signatures *that
forced them to do so (that's an extra 14,000 thank yous to people on this
list and elsewhere). And the statement is actually pretty awesome. Check it

That's right: *The White House wants to legalize phone unlocking*.

It's not over yet, but FTW for now. And if you want to learn how to unlock
it for once it becomes legal, check out these video l33t tutorials


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On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM, Seth David Schoen <schoen at> wrote:

> hwamyeon writes:
> > While I agree that the anti-circumvention provision of the DMCA should
> > be revoked, I don't think we should be tasking the Librarian of Congress
> > to do this for us. The Librarian of Congress's power of exemption is
> > supposed to be specifically in the interest of supporting the mission of
> > the library. Fundamental changes to the DMCA is a political issue that
> > we should be tasking Congress with.
> I agree that it would be preferable to have a comprehensive fix, like
> repealing the entirety of §1201.
> The current law calls for the Librarian of Congress to decide "whether
> persons who are users of a copyrighted work are, or are likely to be
> in the succeeding 3-year period, adversely affected by the prohibition
> under subparagraph (A) in their ability to make noninfringing uses under
> this title of a particular class of copyrighted works". 17 USC
> §1201(a)(1)(C).
> So that determination isn't limited to "the interest of supporting the
> mission of the library".
> --
> Seth Schoen  <schoen at>
> Senior Staff Technologist             
> Electronic Frontier Foundation        
> 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA  94110   +1 415 436 9333 x107
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