Beyond Cell Phone Unlocking: More Issues with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act


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Please join Public Knowledge and an expert panel, featuring Corynne McSherry of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Blake Reid of the University of Colorado Law School, and Kyle Wiens of right to repair group iFixit, in a discussion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The panel will discuss problems the DMCA gives consumers, innovators, researchers, farmers, and even disabled Americans.

Passed in 1998 in an effort to update copyright law for the 21st Century, the DMCA has proven a problem for many consumers. That’s because the DMCA makes it unlawful for consumers to break “digital locks” on electronics they own--locks that make it difficult or impossible to use or repair electronics in ways most consumers expect.

In February, the House of Representatives passed a bill to permit users to “unlock” their cellular phones. Restoring consumers’ ability to unlock their own cell phones to move from carrier to carrier is important, but the problem does not stop there. Digital locks inhibit repair or full use not only of cell phones, but also of tablets, tractors, cars, and even e-books. They also make it difficult to conduct vital security research on locked devices. And because locks sometimes shorten the useful life of electronics, they also promote environmental waste.

Come learn more about these issues and what Congress can do to help solve the problem.

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