Back in 2009, there was an exemption to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in regards to jailbreaking smartphones, such as the iPhone. That is set to expire and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has created a petition to urge people to sign it and send a message to the Copyright Office to renew this exemption:
In the 2012 rulemaking, EFF is asking the Copyright Office to protect the “jailbreaking” of smartphones, electronic tablets, and video game consoles – liberating them to run operating systems and applications from any source, not just those approved by the manufacturer. EFF also asked for legal protections for artists and critics who use excerpts from DVDs or downloading services to create new, remixed works. These exemptions build on and expand exemptions that EFF won on the 2009 rulemaking proceeding for jailbreakers and remix artists.
You only have 14 more days to sign the petition and send a message. So far, almost 7000 signatures have been received. Click here to sign the petition.
Send a Message Against Bill C-11 in Canada
There’s still work to be done on the home front, as here in Canada as Bill C-11 (formerly Bill C-32) aims to prevent you from obtaining software to unlock your cellphone amongst other limits of your digital freedoms. Click here to send a message to your local MP.
Let’s get involved and speak our minds, folks!