Wed 22 Nov 2006
The U.S. Copyright Office’s Anticircumvention Rulemaking just came out, and we won our requested exemption for cell phone unlocking. Hooray! Five other exemptions were also granted. I felt so strongly that our case established a fair use without any corresponding harm to copyright owners, that if we didn’t get the exemption, the game was impossible to win. I don’t like to play games I can’t win, so I vowed to quit policy work if we lost. Now I don’t have to! No doubt, the system is still horribly skewed against exemptions. But with this little hit of lawyer crack, I’ll be happily running in the gerbil wheel of futility for a few more years.