Free Your Phone

Last month, EFF filed proposals with the Copyright Office seeking DMCA exemptions to cover mobile phone ‘unlocking’ (allowing the phone to be used on any carrier’s network) and ‘jailbreaking’ (allowing the phone to run any software). Carriers like MetroPCS and Pocket Communications have also asked for an unlocking exemption, but the Copyright Office needs to hear from users, too. That’s where you come in.

  • Ever wanted to unlock your cell phone to take it to another carrier?
  • Frustrated by not being able to swap SIM cards when taking your phone overseas?
  • Eager to unlock an iPhone to use it on T-Mobile instead of AT&T?
  • Need to ‘jailbreak’ your iPhone in order to install the great applications that Apple won’t allow into the iTunes App Store?
  • Want to get (and keep) root on your Android G1 phone?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please visit and sign EFF’s petition and tell your story. The Copyright Office granted an unlocking exemption in 2006 based in part on input for individual users. This year, we can renew that exemption and expand it to cover ‘jailbreaking,’ too, with your help.

(Via Updates.)

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About Brian Greenberg

Brian Greenberg is a partner in the Chicago practice of Fortium Partners. He brings more than 25 years of progressive business and technology leadership to the firm as a CIO & CTO who has successfully captured the value and tamed the complexity associated with integrating IT capabilities into rapidly evolving business strategies. Greenberg has an exceptional record at companies in a wide range of industries, and he has led the kind of enterprise transformation initiatives and continuous improvements that have elevated efficiency, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction to record levels. Brian is a frequent industry speaker presenting on topics from digital transformation, litigation readiness, technology leadership, and even using improv skills for effective communication.