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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. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Ok so the Obama administration has done something good finally.
    1. phoenixfire425's Avatar
      phoenixfire425 -
      Wait not to HiJack this thread BUT.

      What does this mean for the PS3 scene??
    1. bgilbert4's Avatar
      bgilbert4 -
      So does that mean we should be entitled to an official carrier JB and unlock?
    1. itsmejdn's Avatar
      itsmejdn -
      Does this mean our jailbroken phones won't void the Apple warranty when we bring it in to the Apple Store?
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by chipxskylark View Post
      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?
      Yes. You could always legally unlock it because it was never deemed illegal to. No. AT&T won't ever unlock an iPhone. They gain nothing and they still have exclusivity as of right now. AT&T will never do anything that will benefit a customer so don't expect to get an unlock from them, besides if I'm not mistaken that's at Apples discretion anyway.
    1. TheReliq's Avatar
      TheReliq -
      Apple should've kept their mouth shut! LOL
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      It's about time.
    1. AUSTIN3:16's Avatar
      AUSTIN3:16 -
      Looks like Apple and AT&T didn't spend enough money in "political contributions"! Lol
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Call me crazy--but I get the feeling this is going to incite on of those PSAs on Apple's website like they've been doing recently in response to accusations and bad public media concerning them.

      "While it is, in fact, legal to do so, it is strongly discouraged and will void any warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan you may have either received with your device or purchased separately..."
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      Yes!!
    1. middiepal's Avatar
      middiepal -
      apple probably doesn't even care if you can jailbreak your device. they are still making money by selling them. but still, jailbreaking FTW
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Let's all try to get "jailbreak" to be a trending topic on Twitter!
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
    1. ramicio's Avatar
      ramicio -
      I wonder what this means for having the phone unlocked once a contract is fulfilled. AT&T doesn't care about unlocking phones once the contract is up, but AT&T doesn't have the unlock codes, Apple does. I'm sure they will still find a loophole to keep jailbreaking considered illegal and to keep them from having to unlock the phones.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandoncarr View Post
      So that means that Apple can no longer patch the holes that are found?
      Making jailbreaking and unlocking legal and requiring it be easy are entirely different things.

      Watch for additional lawsuits to get the latter accomplished.
    1. IndoMonkey's Avatar
      IndoMonkey -
      Seeing as Jailbreaking wasn't really illegal, or rather a controversial subject, this is quite a shock. However, having it legalised means maybe more people will start to help in the JB process, since they'll have no fears of breaking any law.

      All in all, this is a win for us users
    1. Salival's Avatar
      Salival -
      wow.. Its perfect time for relasing JB. c´mon comex )
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Today is a good day to jailbreak all our iPhones 4 as a commemoration about this day, lets see whats going to happen.

      Today is independence day for the iPhone 4,

      Comex for president...
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      If apple was smart they would just allow all apps. The more apps, the more money they make.
    1. iCeDmAn's Avatar
      iCeDmAn -
      Great win, but really doesn't change anything...apple will continue trying to prevent jailbreaks.

      A real win would be locking phones to be made illegal.