At the end of August, the Copyright Office sent questions to me and to the attorney for the copyright companies about my application for an exemption to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA for cell phone unlocking. Our responses to those questions are here.

Interestingly, after sitting on the sidelines for the past eight months, CTIA representing the wireless trade and TracFone, the plaintiff in several cell phone unlocking cases, also filed responses. CTIA, TracFone.

I’m asking the Copyright Office to give me a chance to respond to these submissions. Does anyone have thoughts about TracFone providing a valuable service for their customers such that customers wanting to unlock the phones are only trying to “get something for nothing”? On whether there’s a difference between flashing and reprogramming the phone? On the “terrorism” connection? Any personal experiences with TracFone or unlocking? Thanks!