01.30.09

Join the battle to Free Your Phone

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:18 pm by Pirate Praveen

I have just submitted my comments to “Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies” that US Copyright office is seeking. My comments are in supports to class “5A Fred von Lohmann, Jennifer S. Granick, Electronic Frontier Foundation”.

My full comment is provided below

Commenter’s Name:
Praveen Arimbrathodiyil

Proposed Class:
5A – Fred von Lohmann, Jennifer S. Granick, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Proposed Class Description:
Proposed Class #1: Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute lawfully obtained software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications with computer programs on the telephone handset

Summary of Argument:
T Mobile G1 block against uploading fonts prevents customers from uploading fonts and using applications in the language of their choice.

Argument:
On December 15, 2008, I purchased my T Mobile G1 phone from a store. None of the applications (including the most commonly used Email client and Web Browser software) in T Mobile G1 have the option to select the font in my native language – Malayalam (It is not only true for Malayalam, but for many of the languages). Consequently, I cannot view emails, web pages, any other document or engage in written communications in the language of my choice.

I searched the internet for a way to correct my problem. The only way to solve my problem is to upload a font that supports my native language and replace the default font provided in T Mobile G1. The T Mobile G1 does not allow me to upload a different font.

If I could jailbreak my T Mobile G1, I could get root access to my phone and upload a font that supports my language. I have not taken this step because I am concerned with the DMCA and the possible legal implications of taking this action.

The comment that EFF has provided which I’m supporting is given below

[Proposed class or classes of copyrighted work(s) to be exempted]= Proposed Class #1: Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute lawfully obtained software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications with computer programs on the telephone handset.

Proposed Class #2: Audiovisual works released on DVD, where circumvention is undertaken solely for the purpose of extracting clips for inclusion in noncommercial videos that do not infringe copyright.

[Brief summary of the argument(s) in support of the exemption proposed above]= Cellular phones are increasingly sophisticated computing devices, capable of running applications from a variety of software vendors. Several mobile phone providers, however, have deployed technical measures that prevent subscribers from installing applications from vendors of their choice, instead forcing customers to purchase their
applications only from the providers’ preferred sources. There is no copyright-related rationale for preventing iPhone owners from decrypting and modifying the device’s firmware in order to enable their phones to interoperate with applications lawfully obtained from a source of their own choosing.

The vast majority of amateur remix video creators rely on DVD rippers to obtain the DVD clips they need. These creators thus risk civil liability based on their circumvention of CSS, even where their videos would otherwise be adjudicated to be noninfringing fair uses. This risk of circumvention liability also chills the ability of remix video creators to resist unfounded DMCA “takedown notices” that impair their ability to share remix
videos on the Internet. An exemption to § 1201(a)(1) is necessary if these remix video creators are to have a meaningful opportunity to engage in noninfringing creativity without unintentionally transgressing the prohibitions of § 1201(a)(1).

The deadline for submission is February 2, please submit your comments before that. The URL to submit your comments is http://www.copyright.gov/1201/comment-forms/.

For more information about Free Your Phone Campaign see http://www.freeyourphone.org/

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