Who owns our stuff? The answer used to be obvious. Now, with electronics integrated into just about everything we buy, the answer has changed. The issue goes beyond cellphone unlocking, because once we buy an object -- any object -- we should own it. But we really don't own our stuff anymore; the manufacturers do. Because modifying modern objects requires access to information.
You will have heard that the US Copyright Office has lifted the temporary ruling under which you were allowed to unlock your phone. EFF explains in detail what this ruling means (it's not what you think -- and in some ways, it's worse): First, the good news. The legal shield for jailbreaking and rooting your