Originally Posted by slex
I don't know, actually. But if it is, then a rational individual without internal moral restraints would prefer to steal a smartphone, instead of buying and unlocking one.
The magnitude of the punishment is simply astonishing - if you unlock your phone, I don't see how you can cause damages amounting to more than $1000. And then you face $1 million in fines and up to 5 years in jail (which is a foregone income of at least $50 000, even if you are a low-skilled, low-paid worker). Even if we assume that this should be made illegal and is resolved through criminal, instead of civil law, where is the principle that punishment should fit the crime?
Since you are in Bulgaria, you may not be familiar with the sense of proportion in the USA government. To get up to speed, look into the prosecution of Aaron Swartz and the (non) prosecution of those that nearly destroyed the world financial system.