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Text of the Wireless Device Independence Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on March 5, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 467

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 5, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To allow consumers to unlock mobile wireless devices for interoperability purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Wireless Device Independence Act of 2013 .

2.

Allowing consumers to unlock cell phones

(a)

In general

Section 1201(a)(1)(B) of title 17, United States Code, is amended by strikingnot apply to personsand inserting the following: “not apply to—

(i)

a user of a computer program, in the form of firmware or software, that enables a wireless telephone handset, or other wireless device that can connect to the Internet, originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network if—

(I)

the user legally owns a copy of the computer program;

(II)

the use of the computer program by the user is solely for the purpose of connecting to such wireless telecommunications network; and

(III)

the access to such wireless telecommunications network is authorized by the operator of the network; or

(ii)

persons

.

(b)

Conforming amendments

Section 1201(a)(1) of title 17, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

insubparagraph (C), by strikingsubparagraph (B)and inserting subparagraph (B)(ii) ; and

(2)

insubparagraph (E), by strikingNeither the exceptionand insertingNeither of the exceptions.

3.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect as if enacted on January 26, 2013.