on the latest example of DMCA abuse: preventing the unlocking of cellular phones. "But CellPhoneCo isn't asserting that Unlocko's program copies any copyright-protected software or content. Its claim is more subtle.
Unlocko's software reprograms your mobile phone so it bypasses the 'secret handshake' CellPhoneCo's locking software requires before the phone will operate. After 'circumventing' the handshake requirement, the phone -- like virtually any modern piece of electronics -- runs software installed on its internal chip.
Therefore, CellPhoneCo claims, Unlocko's program unlawfully circumvents a technological measure controlling access to the phone's copyright-protected software.
" Incidentally, your editor was discouraged to see an increasing number of locked phones for sale in Italy this summer; this is no longer just a U.S. issue.
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