Cell phone unlocking will soon be legal again – count on it

Following a wave of public outrage and support from the Obama administration, Congress is clamoring for the chance to make cell phone unlocking legal again. But will what they come up with count as a win for consumers?

White House thinks ‘illegal’ cell phone unlocking is just as stupid as you do

In a win for "common sense," the White House today said that it believes unlocking off-contract cell phones – and tablets – should be perfectly legal, and has urged Congress and the FCC to fix the problem.

What happens if you unlock your smartphone now that it’s illegal?

On Saturday, unlocking new cell phones that have been locked down by wireless carriers officially became illegal. The decision from the U.S. Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress to delete phone unlocking from the list of…
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Myspace accused of ripping off indie labels

Myspace wants to be the new place to stream music. But licensing group Merlin says the revamped social network already has a copyright infringement problem.

DMCA takedowns plague DJs no more thanks toTheFuture.FM’s MixSCAN

TheFuture.FM will launch the world's first DJ royalty program, powered by its music identification tech called MixSCAN.
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Copyright infringing tweets now withheld, not removed

Twitter changed its legal policy, citing transparency, for tweets taken down by DMCA complains. Twitter now withholds suspected tweets instead of removing them altogether.

8 things you think you own, but don’t

The rise of digital goods and software-reliant gadgets has thrown a wrench in the contemporary concept of ownership. Here are eight products that, even though you paid for them, aren't entirely yours.

Unlocking your smartphone will soon be illegal, and other DMCA new rule insanity

New rules governing exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) dictate that it will soon be illegal to unlock your smartphone without carrier permission. Jailbreaking your tablet is also forbidden, as is ripping a DVD into a…

State of the Web: 5 laws every Internet user needs to know

From the DMCA to the CDA, here are the five laws that every good Internet user should know.

Romney’s Obama ads return to YouTube after DMCA spat

When is a political campaign ad too much for YouTube? When it's accused of infringing copyright - but Mitt Romney's anti-Obama ad is back on the service now after the service declares it fair use.
Web bucks legal gray area with licensing deals from the four major labels's DMCA worries are all in the past now as the company says it's signed deals with all four of the major recording labels.

Console jailbreaking may follow smartphone jailbreaking as a legally acceptable practice

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a request for new DMCA exemptions with the U.S. Copyright Office, seeking protection for those who wish to run unsupported software on their gaming consoles, among other things.