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For Immediate Release

Liz Rose, Communications Director, 202-265-1490 x 32

Library of Congress Decision Favors Consumers Seeking to Unlock Cell Phones


oday, the Library of Congress announced that cell phone users who
unlock their phones for use on a different, compatible network or to
access third-party applications are not in violation of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act.

Free Press Policy Counsel Aparna Sridhar issued the following statement:

"The decision by the U.S. Copyright Office is an important step
toward promoting open wireless networks. Opening up wireless networks to
innovative uses and devices promotes consumer choice, market efficiency
and competition in the market for wireless services.

"This approach will assist consumers who want to vote with their feet
by taking the phone of their choice to the carrier of their choice. Not
only is this a win for consumers, but it's also a win for innovators
and developers whose products and applications now have a fighting
chance in a market plagued by exclusive device arrangements dictated by
the largest wireless carriers."

Link to 2008 PISC mobile unlocking comments:

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