Last month, the expiration of DMCA exemptions for protection of users choosing to unlock their smartphones vanished, after it failed to be re-approved during the most recent round of exemption considerations. We talked about just what this meant at the time, and the potential impact it could have on the mobile market. While it’s another three years before the exemption is set to be reevaluated, a petition has been underway on the White House’s We the People site asking the administration to take action before then.
The petition seeks to have the White House either overrule the Librarian of Congress via executive action or work to create legislation removing carrier unlocks from the purview of the DMCA in the first place. It needs to get 100,000 virtual signatures by February 23 in order to force a response, and with a little over two weeks to go, it still needs another 42,000 Americans to support it.
We know that reversing this decision won’t be as simple as just having this petition reach its goal, but forcing the White House to publicly comment on the issue could be a good first step towards meaningful action. If carrier unlocking is important to you, either as matter of practicality or simply of principle, head on over and add your voice to the petition.