On Aug 24, 2007, less than two months after its initial release for sale, the Apple iPhone was unlocked, untethering the phones from the AT&T cellular network. Because AT&T has exclusive rights to provide coverage for the iPhone until the year 2010, hackers and computer enthusiasts worked feverishly to be the first to use the iPhone on a network other than AT&T. Once people began publishing their methods of unlocking the iPhone, AT&T sent many of them cease-and-desist letters, grounded in section 1201(a)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). Though Congress should amend the DMCA to allow consumers to unlock phones and to protect the actual unlockers, such an amendment is not the best possible solution. Instead, Congress and scholars should look to established telecommunications law to lead the way in resolving the jumble of rights and responsibilities that currently surrounds handset locks.
The iPhone and the DMCA: Locking the Hands of Cons
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