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    Source : New gov't rules allow unapproved iPhone apps - Yahoo! News

    WASHINGTON Owners of the iPhone will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple. The government is making that legal under new rules announced Monday.

    The decision to allow the practice commonly known as "jailbreaking" is one of a handful of new exemptions from a federal law that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works. Every three years, the Library of Congress authorizes such exemptions to ensure that existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material.

    Another exemption will allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
    And there was much rejoicing!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Jailbreaking/Unlocking exempt from DMCA, aka officially legal started by Happy Noodle Boy View original post
    Comments 164 Comments
    1. jmberumenb's Avatar
      jmberumenb -
      Great! GREAT! Now the dev team can have a break for official releases :P If this is true all the iphone users will see an instant benefit, even apple since they will sell more gadgets for happy people. Unlocked and Jailbreaked directly from apple, please, somebody hit me....this is a nice dream and I don't wanna wake up. :P
    1. Michael Essany's Avatar
      Michael Essany -



      The Monday morning, the Associated Press announced much to the delight of the jailbreak/modding community, that iPhone owners "will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple." Although the questionable "legality" of such actions never inhibited many from doing so, the federal government is making it officially legal under new rules announced just today.

      So where did this decision come from? While it may seem utterly arbitrary this Monday morning, the decision to effectively authorize "jailbreaking" comes as one of a few important new exemptions from a federal law "that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works." Every three years, the Washington Post reports, the Library of Congress "authorizes such exemptions to ensure that existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material."

      ABC News reports that additional exemptions will:

      — allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.

      — allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.

      — allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos.

      — allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.



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    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Amazing
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Hell f'n yeah!!!!!!!

      jail breaking has always been in a grey area.....but now it's officially legal....horray!!!!!
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      wow, just wow
    1. JayWheelz's Avatar
      JayWheelz -
      Great this is good news.
    1. jerrykid323's Avatar
      jerrykid323 -
      While this news being great it will still be a rat race for the newest Jb.
    1. nerddownthestreet's Avatar
      nerddownthestreet -
      Steve Jobs will still manipulate his company into patching JBing holes because he's a jerk, but at least this gives more freedom in the jailbreaking world from the law.
    1. Zamphire's Avatar
      Zamphire -
      Wonderful!
    1. HappyMac's Avatar
      HappyMac -
      I think im gonna cry. :....)
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      I see you follow BoyGenius too.
    1. chipxskylark's Avatar
      chipxskylark -
      What does that mean? like if i buy another iphone off craigslist i can leagally unlock it? would i then be able to ask att to do so?
    1. iphonerookie's Avatar
      iphonerookie -
      Awesome!!
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      " allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced."

      This is what will probably actually benefit the most people what with a lot of commercial software requiring a USB "key" in order to work, which is something that is easily lost but not easily replaced.
    1. Purk707's Avatar
      Purk707 -
      Im willing to bet that apple will soon give up on trying to patch these holes and start offering some kind of Jailbreaking app that they would charge an arm and a leg for . Im sure it wouldnt be called jailbreaking but probably some kind of unlock that releases the bind between your phone and Apples contract (for a hefty fee ofcourse) especially when Verizon and other carriers are bidding on the iphone rights aswell ! Just seems like an apple thing to do ! LOL
    1. sn71295's Avatar
      sn71295 -
      This doesn't come as a shock to me
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Freedom alas! Offically!
    1. trnsgres's Avatar
      trnsgres -
      I see there are probably some people in the house that too jailbreak or want to haha
    1. mardinn's Avatar
      mardinn -
      About time finally.
    1. phoenixfire425's Avatar
      phoenixfire425 -
      This is HUGE!

      I cant see what comes of this.

      I wounder how much Apple is going to gripe over this one.

      Whaa whaa whaa.. We are being forced to allow something that we forbid. Whaa whaa whaa.

      Then AT&T with follow suite I am sure.