We are iFixit co-founder Kyle Wiens and cell phone unlocking crusader Sina Khanifar, two guys fighting for your right to unlock everything you own
We're here to talk about your right to unlock, modify, and repair everything you own. No, we don't know how to open this safe. But if it had a digital lock, opening it might involve violating the DMCA.
We don't really own our things. Copyright laws and big-media lobbyists have been taking away our freedoms, and it's time to fight back. We should have the right to do anything we want with our stuff!
That wasn't cool with us, so Sina put together a White House petition that reddit (and a few others) rallied around, raising a massive groundswell of support with a record-setting 114,000 signatures. The White House responded and asked Congress to re-legalize phone unlocking. Congress is now working on doing just that. Thanks, everyone!
Copyright is a blunt instrument being used to protect the profits of large companies in ways that do not benefit society. We should have the right to unlock our stuff. We should have the right to fix our things.
Get involved! We outnumber the MPAA and RIAA, we can change things if enough of us stand up for our rights:
Update: All right, that's a wrap. Thanks everyone, we both had a lot of fun. This fight is just beginning, and we're going to need all the help we can get. Reddit is the first line of defense.