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Want to unlock your phone? Fix the DMCA

commentary The anti-circumvention provision of the DMCA has been stifling research, slowing innovation, and annoying consumers for more than a decade. So why does it still exist?

By January 29, 2013


House passes bill that would allow cell phone unlocking

Legislation would repeal a Library of Congress decision not to issue a DMCA exemption against phone unlocking but prohibit bulk device unlocking.

By February 25, 2014


How SOPA's 'circumvention' ban could put a target on Tor

Hollywood-backed Stop Online Piracy Act goes further than earlier versions and targets software that can "bypass" or "circumvent" anti-piracy blocks. The Tor Project worries it could be at risk.

By December 21, 2011


Growing pressure in Congress to fix flaws in DMCA law

Since its inception in 1998, the Digital Millennium Copyright has been a touchstone for (digital) controversy. Finally, spurred by a flap over cell phone unlocking, politicians may be ready to act.

By March 6, 2013


RIAA to CNET: Follow Google, nix video-to-MP3 conversions

Days after Google blocked a site that converts songs from YouTube music videos into MP3s, the RIAA again asks CNET to remove conversion software from Download.com.

By June 21, 2012


White House will propose new digital copyright laws

President Obama's copyright coordinator says she will send new proposals to curb Internet piracy and IP infringement to the U.S. Congress "in the very near future."

By February 7, 2011


European Parliament slams digital copyright treaty

Secret negotiations over a once-obscure draft treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement prompted an unusual rebuke from the European Parliament.

By March 10, 2010


Feds say mobile-phone jailbreaking is OK

Jailbreaking your iPhone or other mobile devices will no longer violate federal copyright law, thanks to a new ruling that updates the 1998 DMCA.

By July 26, 2010


White House wants new copyright law crackdown

Obama administration asks Congress to make "illegal streaming" of audio or video a federal felony and says FBI agents should be able to wiretap suspected infringers.

By March 15, 2011


MPAA says Real's patent attempt saps RealDVD argument

Movie studios allege patent application filed by RealNetworks proves company misled the court about circumventing copy protection measures.

By June 25, 2009