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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. mskitty's Avatar
      mskitty -
      YaY!!!
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      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.
      It should. Yes they don't benefit, but every other phone i've purchased from AT&T, i've been able to call customer service and request the subsidy unlock code from them. Every single time, i've gotten them unlocked except with the iPhone. Since i'm in the military, I tell them i'm travelling overseas and need it unlocked. Hopefully, this will force them to fork over code.
    1. igarys's Avatar
      igarys -
      I persuaded Obama
    1. iCeDmAn's Avatar
      iCeDmAn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      If apple was smart they would just allow all apps. The more apps, the more money they make.
      No. Quality and security control are important. I understand why apple does what it does, but that doesn't mean that jailbreaking and installing these apps isn't worth the risk.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      I was arrested because someone called the cops and said I have jailbroken my iPhone from Apple's Penitentiary. Now with this new law I'm FREE.
    1. name00's Avatar
      name00 -
      The real reason behind this is that when people show off their jailbroken iphone to the governors who were like OH MAN HOW YOU DO THAT THATS AWESOME. THEN I SAID YUP YOU GOTTA JAILBREAK YOUR PHONE AND INSTALL SBSETTINGS SNAPPY WINTERBOARD AND A LOT MORE
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Threads merged. Messany, feel free to edit/add to the original post on an article of an already covered topic, but don't got ahead and fragment the same news on two different articles/threads
    1. s1l3nt's Avatar
      s1l3nt -
      finally
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I can't wait to see all the BS spewed against jailbreaking over at the MacRumors forums about this. Those guys spit blood when jailbreaking is brought up. Most of those guys consider jailbreaking the same as holding up a liqour store at gunpoint! The idiots are waist deep over there.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      So does this mean we get warranty service if we jailbreak? I mean if it's legal now, warranty is not void right?
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      Thats great news but as for apple they will be working just as hard to stop jb their devices cause its money for them
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zingala View Post
      Sweet! I see the JB world expanding exponentially!
      And how would this be?
    1. dxe's Avatar
      dxe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Source : New gov't rules allow unapproved iPhone apps - Yahoo! News



      And there was much rejoicing!
      As interesting as this is I have some questions.....

      1) As far as I know, Library of Congress has no power to make or enforce laws

      »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Congress

      While it appears they can make recomendations for changes to existing law - it would require Congress to create/modify such law and the President to sign the law. Challenges would then come via the courts.

      2) Copyright violations are decided by the Judicial branch by making decisions which wegh current law against accepted legal decisions. Again - the courts have the final say based on the law - not what the Library of Congress says....

      Am I missing something here - I am not a lawyer but did pay attention in civics class
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    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Best News All Summer!!!! Why should Apple be pissed? Now more people will just buy an iphone to unlock it to use on Tmobile in the USA!!!!!1
    1. dr.stevil's Avatar
      dr.stevil -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      So does this mean we get warranty service if we jailbreak? I mean if it's legal now, warranty is not void right?
      maybe, maybe not. It's perfectly legal to hit your laptop with a hammer, but I doubt they'd honor a warrenty on it with a huge hole in the case.
    1. evolasme's Avatar
      evolasme -
      its stuff like that this that makes me think there is actually... dare i say hope that the world wont be totally run over by corporate special interest... nice to see the us government did the right thing for once
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Now AT&T should be able to unlock my iPhone for international travel. No way am I paying AT&T international rates.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      I can't wait to see all the BS spewed against jailbreaking over at the MacRumors forums about this. Those guys spit blood when jailbreaking is brought up. Most of those guys consider jailbreaking the same as holding up a liqour store at gunpoint! The idiots are waist deep over there.
      Oh my God thank you so much for this. Their thread is absolutely hilarious!
    1. turtlepaw's Avatar
      turtlepaw -
      YAAAA! It's about time! Even though that doesn't change anything, I'd jailbreak even if it was illegal
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      So does this mean we get warranty service if we jailbreak? I mean if it's legal now, warranty is not void right?
      Sadly no the terms of a warranty are made forth by the company.

      Sweet though no more worrying while jailbreaking anymore.