If a user cannot control the software they have installed on their machines, manufacturers have a oligopoly over what software can be and must be installed. This means, limited choices for consumers – which according to the laws of free market capitalism translates into worse quality – and greater chances that particular power-abusing organizations use this opportunity for their own purposes – for example surveillance spyware deployments. It also raises the question of to what extent high-school and university electronics classes are allowed to open up old devices, re-arrange the components, and create something new
Now, I'm not saying that the expiration of the DMCA exemption goes that far yet. I'm just suggesting that it's heading us onto a potentially dangerous and detrimental path as a technically oriented society.
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An interesting read. I'm all about keeping Android devices as open as possible. This is a no brainer to renew this exemption.
PSA: The DMCA Exemption Allowing Legal Rooting Of Smartphones Expires This Year, And The EFF Wants Your Help To Renew It
This a cause I think we can all get behind. Back in 2010, the Copyright Office in the Library of Congress issued a rulemaking statement exempting smartpho… by David Ruddock in Android OS, Legal, New…