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White House petition response shields iPhone jailbreak software

Mark Hattersley | March 7, 2013
US White House issues postive response to petition calling for mobile phone unlock to be exempt from DMCA. If successful this petition will help shield Unlock and Jailbreak software, ensuring that it remains possible to easily unlock iPhones and other devices in the UK.

Like the UK, the White House runs a system whereby individuals can nominate issues they'd like politicians to respond to. If a certain number of people vote for the petition it triggers a response.

The White House response states:

"The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It's common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers' needs."

It continues:

"The Obama Administration would support a range of approaches to addressing this issue, including narrow legislative fixes in the telecommunications space that make it clear: neither criminal law nor technological locks should prevent consumers from switching carriers when they are no longer bound by a service agreement or other obligation."

So it seems that the White House has taken note and responded, although it has not explicitly committed itself to ensure that the petitions demands are met. It's a good sign though for those interested in Jailbreaking and Unlocking their mobile devices.


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