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This thread when it says unlock smartphone, it means unlocking it to work on other carriers. Not unlocking as in the phone's bootloader.
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New rules governing exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) dictate that it will soon be illegal to unlock your smartphone without carrier permission. Jailbreaking your tablet is also forbidden, as is ripping a DVD into a digital format.
Every three years, the Register of Copyrights at the Library of Congress reviews the ways in which consumers may or may not circumvent Digital Rights Management (DRM) of copyrighted products covered under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) — what you can and cannot do, legally, with the gadgets and digital content you buy. And yesterday, the latest rulings (see below) came in — some of it good, some bad, some decidedly insane. Here is a quick breakdown of what you cannot do with your smartphones, tablets, DVDs, game-consoles, and more, according to the law.
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Unlocking smartphones: Illegal
That’s right — unlocking your smartphone so you can take it to another wireless carrier will soon be illegal, unless authorized by your carrier. This, despite the fact that the Register has allowed unlocking since 2006.
There are some exceptions to this rule — but they aren’t worth cheering for. Specifically, you may unlock any phone you own now, or buy between now and “ninety days after the effective date of this exemption.” As of January 2013, however, unlocking your device without permission is decidedly against the law.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/unlocking-your-smartphone-will-soon-be-illegal-and-other-new-dmca-rule-insanity/

Stupid laws are stupid
Edited by zephiK - 10/27/12 at 12:04pm
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My faith in humanity keeps dwindling to depths I thought were unimaginable.
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What will happen to 'apps' that require a droid device to be rooted? I take it they will be removed?
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So what happens when half of the U.S. is in jail because of unlocking smart phones? thinking.gif
     
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what if i buy an already unlocked phone?
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What will happen to 'apps' that require a droid device to be rooted? I take it they will be removed?

They mean carrier locks.
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My faith in humanity keeps dwindling to depths I thought were unimaginable.

This.

Good I live in the UK ^^
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I know, no politics on OCN, but - Why not make legislature that matters, instead of trying to dictate what people do with their own property?
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I know, no politics on OCN, but - Why not make legislature that matters, instead of trying to dictate what people do with their own property?
Yeah seriously. We paid for our electronics, let us do whatever we want next. I wonder what absurd law they're going to think of doing next, "let's ban overclocking computers?"

Either way, there's absolutely no way that they're going to enforce these laws. Just a topic of discussion on what kind of power these politicians think they hold over the people and what they can do with their electronics after paying for it. Especially if a person is paying for a device off a contract which can easily rack up to ~$539-$700.
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Oh America. Why are you shooting yourself in the foot?

I hope the rest of the world doesn't follow.
 
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nexus phones will be more popular than ever very soon then
 
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