Rules issued last week by the US Copyright Office give legal sanction to 'jailbreaking' a cell phone, unlocking it to operate on different carriers, and more. The Librarian of Congress listed six classes of works that "will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access controls (17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)) until the conclusion of the next rulemaking." The new exemptions carve out exclusions from the the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a law which prohibits the bypassing of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. We'll talk with Lawrence Lessig about the new rules and what they mean.
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer