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In case you hadn't heard, it's illegal again (after a 6-year suspension of the law) in the United States to "unlock" a cellular phone from its provider without the provider's permission. Misusing copyright law like this to prevent device owners from using the equipment they've purchased however they want is absurd, and downright crooked.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:mobile: And making sure a cell phone was used in the deviation finishes up the brilliant highlight this does! :mobile:
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Ufalme Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Love this. Great job highlighting the ridiculousness of the rule.
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gazetron Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
That is some whack shit.
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bizgr8 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hahaha funny how things work. BTW have you been to Walla Walla?( I'm from there)
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have, but only a few times. Going between Oregon and north Idaho, I've been through Pasco/Kennewick about a hundred times, so, I'm within 50 miles of Walla Walla pretty regularly, but that's it.
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Lionheartssj Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a fantastic comic. Thank you for this. :D
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Nexus31907 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
indeed...what looney laws.
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Artist
nice character work. =)
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks very kindly!
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are these phones purchased at full price? Mine was free with my plan, I could see how cancelling the plan and unlocking the phone would be a clever way of getting a 700 dollar phone for 300 bucks or so.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's the defense that phone carriers like to give for why they should be able to ban unlocking. I certainly don't have a problem with carriers requiring customers to pay the remaining balance on a subsidized phone purchase if they change carriers before their contract is up, but the law even allows carriers to bar users from unlocking a phone they paid full price for up-front -- and that's a serious rights issue.
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aren't there other issues, like gaining apps for free and that sort of thing? My only experience with unlocking iPhones consisted of having a co worker unlock his and rave about how great it was. Free apps, and use free Wifi and skype as a calling system instead of making actual calls. When you consider how ruthless Canadian phone companies are (I've heard them reported that they are some of the worst and most inefficient in the world) it made sense.

I'm thinking a better analogy would be "No, not your gas, Starbucks offers it for free 6 miles down".
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, you're talking about "jailbreaking", not unlocking. Jailbreaking is gaining full access to the operating system of your phone so you can install whatever apps you want -- amusingly, this has been upheld as legal in court. Unlocking simply means making a small software change on the phone that will allow you to change carriers without having to buy a new phone.
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah see, if I knew what I was talking about, I'd have a better point to argue!
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weasel420 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, this law is absurd
I had just been thinking of unlocking my phone before I heard it was going to be illegal
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
You might still be okay unless you just bought the phone within the last two weeks. If you bought it before January 26th, your phone is still covered under the law as it was at the time of purchase -- legal to unlock!
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weasel420 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, that's good to know
Thanks :P
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Surathan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You see, that's the trick.

It's illegal
IF THEY CATCH YOU

It doesn't matter what you do... rape, murder, arson, punching babies...
It's only illegal if they catch you.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Try telling a rape victim that the rape wasn't illegal because the rapist hasn't been caught yet.

I understand what you're trying to say, but "it's only illegal if they catch you" is significantly different from "you'll only suffer legal consequences if you're caught."
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Surathan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Same message.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional
Yep. Ridiculous.
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Sagge-Ficto Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Simply brilliant! Copyright law has become a crazy mess.
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lucas-irineu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Ouch.

Over here it is illegal for a provider to prevent you from "unlocking" a cellphone by whatever means.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think Canada's about to pass a similar law, so there's some semblance of sanity on the issue in North America -- just not my side of the border.
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lucas-irineu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
That's a shame.
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Stephen-0akley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Too true, I have the lowest end provider, and lose service frequently. OR pay a ridiculous amount. A slick message and art combo man!
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