Previously, the Library had granted permission to users to unlock their cell phones for the purpose of switching wireless carriers. But, after a court decision held that phone software is licensed, not sold, the Library banned the practice and enslaved cell phones everywhere.
The new bill, which you can read here in all its legalese glory, known as the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013, would amend the anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Currently, the DMCA provision makes it a crime to “circumvent” copy protection, even in the case of lawful uses. So, unlocking your cell phones to switch carriers are illegal. Modifying your videogame console to play legally created backups or homebrew games is illegal. And so on.
The new bill states that: