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The "Unlocking Technology Act" is in Congress now.
But it won't pass without overwhelming public support. What the bill would do:

*Make jailbreaking unlocking cell phones, game consoles and other electronics legal.

*Enable important work by security researchers.

*Empower documentary filmmakers, remix artists, teachers, librarians and archivists.

*Make it legal to repair cars, trucks and other electronics.

Did a very quick search and i'm pretty sure this hasn't been discussed at Overclock.net, but I could be wrong. The areas this bill covers is sure to affect everyone on Overclock.net, though so it's worth looking at.

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Now here's a topic I care about. We're all passionate about technology and we all know this needs to happen. Tell your friends.
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These types of things should be done more often. Instead of spending time coming up with more nonsensical laws the already existing laws need a once over.
    
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Originally Posted by Bit_reaper View Post

These types of things should be done more often. Instead of spending time coming up with more nonsensical laws the already existing laws need a once over.

Couldn't agree more. We have enough crap in the system that its time to go in and clean it up. Remove old laws that don't even apply anymore, update those that do, fix ones that are broken. Basically just a complete overhaul of whats on the books. Then from there, take stock of what we have and move on to new legislation if need be.

Wasn't there a ruling a few years ago that effectively legalized jailbreaking, linux on PS3, etc? Or am I mis-remembering?
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Couldn't agree more. We have enough crap in the system that its time to go in and clean it up. Remove old laws that don't even apply anymore, update those that do, fix ones that are broken. Basically just a complete overhaul of whats on the books. Then from there, take stock of what we have and move on to new legislation if need be.

Wasn't there a ruling a few years ago that effectively legalized jailbreaking, linux on PS3, etc? Or am I mis-remembering?

It is the library of congress's discretion as to what is and is not legal to unlock (stop saying jailbreak, the things didn't commit felonies). But whoever that is is fickle apparently and probably doesn't know jack about technology.

Other than that, there is of course the strange condition in the U.S. where state and federal law contradict. Were you thinking of a state law?
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It is the library of congress's discretion as to what is and is not legal to unlock (stop saying jailbreak, the things didn't commit felonies). But whoever that is is fickle apparently and probably doesn't know jack about technology.

Other than that, there is of course the strange condition in the U.S. where state and federal law contradict. Were you thinking of a state law?

Maybe so, I just have this vague recollection of a court case that went up to federal if not supreme court over "jail-breaking" iPhones and whether it was legal to do or not as it was your property. All I can remember is there was a court case a long time ago that was discussed on here and that the ruling was in the peoples favor.

I could just be mis-remembering OR maybe its just a case of I saw the future in a dream and I'm going to make millions off that power?
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Well well well, seems like you guys across the pond are finally catching up tongue.gif
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It is the library of congress's discretion as to what is and is not legal to unlock (stop saying jailbreak, the things didn't commit felonies). But whoever that is is fickle apparently and probably doesn't know jack about technology.

Other than that, there is of course the strange condition in the U.S. where state and federal law contradict. Were you thinking of a state law?

I thought I was the only person who found "jailbreaking" to be an annoying term. Call it what it is: gaining root privileges or rooting.
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What I never understood was why they chose to fight so hard on it. All that does is force the people that do it to become more malicious. Just like encryption technology the ones that are made public are the ones that see the most success. They survive the fires of people like us and become tempered.
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Hope there's no lobbies involved this time.
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