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skeechan
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I'm still not sure how locking a phone is a "digital right"

The DMCA only prohibits circumvention that controls access to a "work" protected by the title.

The carrier lock doesn't protect any work under the law that I can see. A phone being locked to a carrier isn't an issue of copyright.

Even the software on the phone, the OS isn't a work of the carriers and neither is the firmware. Those are written by the software or handset makers.

Circumventing encryption it an of itself isn't a violation of the DMCA.


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Re: I'm still not sure how locking a phone is a "digital ri

The gist of it is that you're modifying propitiatory, copyrighted code code created by the carrier, thus, it's a DMCA violation. If the carrier creates code to lock the handset to their network and you alter that code, you're violating the DMCA. Or at least the wording is so broad that is how it can be interpreted.


skeechan
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SIM locks are "built" by the phone manufacturers though aren't they, not actually written by the carriers themselves. So it would have to be Apple, Samsung or Google that would have a claim of copyright if that piece of code is considered a literary work. For example it is Apple wrote that code present in the iPhone, not AT&T thus AT&T has no copyright claim on that SIM lock code.


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MovieLover76

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I signed the petition and I think your right, if anyone had this right it would be the phone manufacturer. Though the fact that this is considered under the DMCA is absurd in itself.

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The thing is I do not know if Google could claim copyright for altering the code if it is at the OS level. the Android core at least is open source.

Apple might be able to as iOS is not open source.
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skeechan
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And google isn't going to give a crap about unlocking the phone.


AnonFTW

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said by skeechan:

SIM locks are "built" by the phone manufacturers though aren't they, not actually written by the carriers themselves. So it would have to be Apple, Samsung or Google that would have a claim of copyright if that piece of code is considered a literary work. For example it is Apple wrote that code present in the iPhone, not AT&T thus AT&T has no copyright claim on that SIM lock code.

Who are they owned by, though?