David S. Mao, Librarian of Congress, ruled in favor of device unlocking for both consumers and companies in 2015. Mao’s ruling was an encouraging development for refurbishers around the country, but there is a chance of reversal in 2018.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) requires the Librarian of Congress to revisit this issue every three years to determine if device unlocking violates copyright law. ISRI is working towards permanent device unlocking without a three-year revisitation.
ISRI’s ongoing lobbying focuses on the right for recyclers and refurbishers to unlock legally obtained devices. Permanent device unlocking encourages a more sustainable repair and refurbishment ecosystem nationwide.
To read ISRI’s submitted comments to the Library of Congress, visit here.