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Wow this is just too much. More ammo for prosecutorial overreach.
 
Most Ridiculous Law of 2013

Unlocking your phone in the United States is now illegal, draconian style.

"In some situations, first time offenders may be fined up to $US500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. For repeat offenders, the maximum penalty increases to a fine of $US1,000,000, imprisonment for up to ten years, or both," the decree of the Librarian of Congress states. 

Favouring the argument put forth by a 'trade group' consisting of major cellular providers, the entire citizenry of America lost out. How did this even happen? well, as Lifehacker put it;

"I think it stinks that the end of this 90-day window garnered only 12 articles that Google News could see."

In other words, corporate media did not report this news, which is quite something considering how many Americans will be effected by this law. At minimum it would be only courteous to put word out of a potential life destroying law.

Republican political strategist Derek Khanna called the anti-unlocking decree "the most ridiculous law of 2013" and called for a review of the DMCA and other intellectual property legislation.

Prosecutorial overreach for an outdated Copyright and IP system is becoming all too common;

Aaron Swartz Memorial at the Internet Archive, Part 1

Why you should care

http://lifehacker.com/5978956/unlocking-your-phone-without-permission-becomes-illegal-tomorrow-heres-why-you-should-care

Please Sign Petition

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal/1g9KhZG7

#Android   #Apple   #aaronswartz  
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