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You Don’t Own Your Cell Phone : Digital Millennium Copyright Act


Every bill that become law in Congress is quickly studied and dissected by corporations in America. The reason for this practice is the search for power and additional revenue by using, perverting, or pushing politicians to add clauses to the bills.

Such is the case of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

This law has a unique property in that it allows “administratively-created exemptions”. This provides that, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, the Librarian of Congress may designate certain classes of works as exempt from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.

This is bottom line, in your face, laws without representation. The Librarian of Congress is making decisions, by his/her self, that ends in the fine and/or imprisonment of US Citizens. Now the reason why Congress allowed this and the court system in America has not shot this provision down is because the sole authority given to the Librarian of Congress is the ability to give an exemption to the law. Supposedly this only allows additional freedoms and does not allow false hardships on the American people.

Now enter the corporate powers of America. All they had to do was convince, seduce , or otherwise intimidate one person in order to get their way and make more money. That person is James Hadley Billington .

This is NOT an elected official. This is an appointed official who has been in office since 1987….that is 23 years!

Specifically, the corporations got Mr. Billington to reverse these two exemptions below, which gave consumers basic ownership rights to their cell phones.

Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset. (A new exemption in 2010.)
Computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is initiated by the owner of the copy of the computer program solely in order to connect to a wireless telecommunications network and access to the network is authorized by the operator of the network. (Revised from a similar exemption approved in 2006.)

As of tonight, Mr. Billington has revoked the exemption of cell phones from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He has solely determined that the cell phone companies own your cell phone. The fact that you paid for it is not relevant. The fact that it is in your possession is not relevant. The only relevant thing to Mr. Billington is that for some insane reason, he thinks that the cell phone company who you sold you that phone, should still have FULL ownership rights.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was created to stop the downloading and sharing of copyrighted materials without payment to the creator of that material. Now it is being used to give corporations ownership of items you PAID TO PURCHASE!

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