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White House: Unlocking mobile phones should be legal

Grant Gross | March 5, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has sided with more than 100,000 petition signers who asked the government to legalize the unlocking of smartphones.

Many people reacting to the petition expressed doubt that it would have an impact, he said. "The optimist in me is really glad to have proved them wrong," he said. "The White House just showed that they really do listen, and that they're willing to take action."

Derek Khanna, a copyright activist and author of a controversial House Republican Study Committee memo on copyright reform last November, also praised the White House decision.

"It shows the power of the people to affirmatively act to fix policy rather than just stop bad policy," he wrote in an email. "We the people have this power when we come together to fight for positive, common-sense solutions."

 

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