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The Telecom Digest for February 1, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 28 : "text" Format
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EFF: Is It Illegal To Unlock a Phone? The Situation is Better - and Worse - Than You Think (Monty Solomon)
Re: More on the Linksys sale (Doug McIntyre)

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Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:13:13 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: EFF: Is It Illegal To Unlock a Phone? The Situation is Better - and Worse - Than You Think Message-ID: <p06240882cd2fadc6dbb8@[]> ANUARY 28, 2013 | BY MITCH STOLTZ Is It Illegal To Unlock a Phone? The Situation is Better - and Worse - Than You Think Legal protection for people who unlock their mobile phones to use them on other networks expired last weekend. According to the claims of major U.S. wireless carriers, unlocking a phone bought after January 26 without your carrier's permission violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") whether the phone is under contract or not. In a way, this is not as bad as it sounds. In other ways, it's even worse. What changed? The DMCA prohibits "circumventing" digital locks that "control access" to copyrighted works like movies, music, books, games, and software. It's a fantastically overbroad law that bans a lot of legal, useful, and important activities. In what's supposed to be a safety valve, the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress have the power to create exemptions for important activities that would otherwise be banned by the DMCA. In 2012, EFF asked for - and won - exemptions for jailbreaking or rooting mobile phones to run unapproved software, and for using clips from DVDs and Internet video in noncommercial vids. Consumers Union and several smaller wireless carriers asked for an exemption for unlocking phones. The Copyright Office granted their exemption too - but sharply limited the window to just a few months. ... https://www.eff.org/is-it-illegal-to-unlock-a-phone
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:18:44 -0600 (CST) From: merlyn@dork.geeks.org (Doug McIntyre) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: More on the Linksys sale Message-ID: <510ABC6A.5040806004@telecom-digest.org> Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: >Now, the way I read this, I think that Belkin is getting all of >Cisco's "Home"-class line, and that means the "Cisco" branded SOHO >routers. However, the stories aren't clear on that, so I'd like to >hear from anyone with better info. I don't have better info, just my impression of Cisco's product offerings using and reselling them for 20 years. Unlike the vast majority of Cisco's purchases, where they tended to wrap the technology they wanted pretty intrinsicly into their main product offerings, Cisco always kept the "Linksys" brand very distinct and even the brand name "Linksys" was almost always utilized (with a few exceptions wavering back and forth in the middle). I think if you visit http://home.cisco.com/ , you'll find what Cisco considers it's Linksys product line. For the most part, there was very little crossover into the next line up, their SMB products. You could consider something like the "SRP500" line to be a Linksys/Cisco hybrid, Or the "RV" VPN router line, so it'd be a toss up about those. The Cisco 100/200/300/500 switches could also be a tossup. But I think that certainly anything classic Cisco, such as their long running SMB/SOHO 800 series line would definately be staying with Cisco. Or any Catalyst switches, even those aimed at smaller markets. With only a couple products crossing over, I don't think there'd be much quibbling about what Cisco is keeping or ditching.
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