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FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then Breaking law

No more unlocking your iPhone. Now not just breaking Apple TOS or AT&T TOS, you will be breaking copyright law and committing a criminal act.

So those T-Mobile ads asking AT&T iPhone users to unlock & bring their iPhone to T-Mobile are encouraging you to break the law.
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KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK

It's clear that the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions have to go.

Technically, for example manufacturers or software companies could load ad trackers and behavioral monitoring software on any number of home devices and PC's and then claim it's illegal to remove them or disable them under the DMCA. It could even be added to vehicles and other equipment. It's asinine.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini



KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK
reply to FFH

said by FFH:

So those T-Mobile ads asking AT&T iPhone users to unlock & bring their iPhone to T-Mobile are encouraging you to break the law.

Que lawsuit in 3....2....1....
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

Kearnstd
Space Elf
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join:2002-01-22
Mullica Hill, NJ
kudos:1
reply to FFH

its only violating the DMCA though, not really an important law.

The speed limit on a straight dry road with no traffic on a clear sunny day is more important than the DMCA.

Violating the DMCA is one of those laws that can be broken without any moral issues because doing so puts nobody in harm(physical or financial.) This is where the DMCA falls flat on its face, While most laws exist to protect people or at least make it illegal to harm people and as such you get arrested for snatching purses and punching people in the face. unlocking your phone causes nobody any harm and puts nobody at risk for injury or financial loss.


openbox9
Premium
join:2004-01-26
Germany
kudos:2

And none of that invalidates the law. Just because you're morally (morality loses an argument almost every time, IMO) ok with violating a law, doesn't mean it's ok. Granted, many of the provisions in the DMCA are unenforceable, including this ruling, so I guess you can take comfort in that.



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Brighton, MA
reply to FFH

no, they are not. you can buy iPhones that are unlocked.. Just not from AT&T