By Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
16 Jan 2009
Americans hoping to hack their mobile handsets may soon have help in the
form of legal shelter.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is pressing lawmakers to amend the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to provide protections for users
who wish to change built-in carrier settings or software locks on their
Commonly known as "jailbreaking," the process involves removing hardware
or software protections that limit the handset to a single carrier or
software service. The practice received widespread attention when
thousands of iPhone users performed the procedure on their handsets.
The EFF is hoping to add an exemption to the DMCA which would protect
users who perform the procedure on their handsets. Currently, the act
forbids users from manipulating or otherwise circumventing components
that protect copyright.
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