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Markets | Unlocking Cellphones Means Unlocking Innovation

Phone unlocking ought to be an important part of the American innovation-by-tinkering story. The government should not be in the position of picking winners and losers.        

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The Law Against Unlocking Cellphones Is Anti-Consumer, Anti-Business, and Anti-Common Sense

The legal argument — and the business case — against the rule making it illegal to take your phone to a different carrier

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The Law Against Unlocking Cellphones Is An Orwellian Invasion Of Our Liberty

Since I called the Librarian of Congress's decision against unlocking cell phones "the most ridiculous law of 2013," legal experts, techies, and other readers have written to tell me they, too, consider the restriction an outrageous violation of property rights.

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Unlocking cellphones becomes illegal Saturday

The clock to unlock a new mobile phone is running out. In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act , decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes Jan. 26.

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