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Congressional shocker: a tech-policy bill that would reform the DMCA's anti-circumvention, anti-fair-use clause.
There have been a few bills floated to legalize phone unlocking this year, but until now they've been limited and loophole-riddled.
Today, however, Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced something a lot better. H.R. 1892, the Unlocking Technology Act of 1982 (http://lofgren.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=797:reps-zoe-lofgren-thomas-massie-anna-eshoo-a-jared-polis-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-enable-cell-phone-a-wireless-device-unlocking), would legalize unlocking phones, even if you use somebody else's tools--a provision absent from some other bills.
Better, H.R. 1892 would also repair the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention clause by allowing users to defeat digital locks as long as they're not seeking to infringe copyright.
That would be the best thing Congress has done for tech policy in years. Therefore, this bill has no chance, right?