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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. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Great news! I see many porn apps on many iPhones in the near futue! LOL

      Also, it will make the JB scene bigger because now people who were scared of the Apple Squad coming down on them have no fears. It is now "ok" to JB an iPhone with no guilt! The JB scene is going to EXPLODE!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Nice this is great news
    1. Zingala's Avatar
      Zingala -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Great news! I see many porn apps on many iPhones in the near futue! LOL

      Also, it will make the JB scene bigger because now people who were scared of the Apple Squad coming down on them have no fears. It is now "ok" to JB an iPhone with no guilt! The JB scene is going to EXPLODE!
      you got that right!
    1. headcheese's Avatar
      headcheese -
      :osts in epic thread::

      Hooray!
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      Hmm, Still voids the Warranty. For 3 years now I have been breaking the Law? Damm, this takes all the fun out of it if its legal now now
      Like it really makes a difference if it was illegal. Don't ever remember hearing anyone getting arrested for jailbreaking a iphone.

      Wish I was, it would look great on my resume and background checks

      Oh well, still, its a feather in the hat for the Jailbreaking community !!!
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      That's cool but who is getting arrested for jailbreaking iPhones? I never really worried about it. Lol
    1. UTPharmer's Avatar
      UTPharmer -
      All I really hope is that this pushes Google to release their apps for the jailbroken community...

      I want Google Latitude and Google Voice!!!! Since they don't have to be Apple approved for legal use anymore, it seems like a fantastically awesome opportunity!!!
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      Today would be the perfect day for the new jb :X
    1. cymolia's Avatar
      cymolia -
      Tweeted by Comex 28 min ago

      The new jailbreaking exemption deserves a celebration. But there are still some blocking bugs... 28 minutes ago via web
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      I think it has been said over and over. But here's my two cents. Jailbreaking was never really "illegal" apple/AT&T just really preferred we did not
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Jail Breakers - 1
      AT&T & Apple - 0

      But I wonder if now AT&T or Apple has to provide an official way to unlock your iPhone.
    1. 0blivious's Avatar
      0blivious -
      Well, if it were up to Apple, we'd all be driving Prius-like iCars running store approved driving apps to get home. We'd have to jailbreak our cars to speed...

      It should be interesting to see if this "legal freedom" produces any worthwhile apps or changes for we, the device owners. I for one would like the ability to use my device like a personal PC and not run an Apple OS or iTunes, or at least a highly modified version of one or both. That doesn't seem to crazy an idea, does it? Wish I knew how.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      At least now we can tell people that Jailbreaking is legal, and prove it. I have friends scared to it and tell them it was "Considered Legal" they said no and chickened out. At least they have nothing to be scared of now.

      Also: Since jailbreaking is legal, does Apple have to fix jailbroken iDevices without voiding warranties, or is this solely up to them?
    1. tecpunk64's Avatar
      tecpunk64 -
      good news,but i kind of liked it when i thought i was doing something "illegal"
    1. arnoiid's Avatar
      arnoiid -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Today would be the perfect day for the new jb :X
      Amen. Do you guys think that Apple will finally stop making it impossible to downgrade on iTunes now?
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post

      Also: Since jailbreaking is legal, does Apple have to fix jailbroken iDevices without voiding warranties, or is this solely up to them?
      If you jailbreak your iPhone you automatically void your existing warranty with Apple. When you jailbreak you violate the EULA agreement you made with apple regarding the use of the iPhone. Although it's not illegal to jailbreak, it does void your warranty when you jailbreak. It's very similar to purchasing a new truck from a dealership, which comes with a manufactures warranty, but if you decide you want to raise your suspension or swap the engine, you there by void your warranty because the manufacturer will not honor any problems that my arise due the post purchase alterations to the vehicle and the manufacturers original spec's for the automobile. But unlike a vehicle, when you jailbreak and have issues with your phone you can always restore the phone back to it's original state. Although, from what I understand and have read in various places, Apple has ways to determine whether or not the device has been jailbroken even after it has been restored to it's original state. I could be wrong about the accuracy of the last part of
      My post but I am certain regarding the rest of about the part dealing with the voiding of ones warranty by jailbreaking their device.

      I hope this helps.
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      hahaha bang on apples face . take that steve Lolz
    1. wazjackal's Avatar
      wazjackal -
      About time now Stevie boy can officially kiss my *** !!! lol it's bout bloody time can't patch updates up sounds sweet as to me
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Why would you think that? Jailbreaking and unlocking were already considered legal before now anyways.
      It's just nice to have an official ruling on the matter. There may have been some people or institutions that have avoided engaging in jailbreaking or development because of the ambiguity involved and the possible negative connotations that came with it.

      This ruling certainly cannot hurt, and if it brings even one more person into the scene it's a good thing.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      I just like this because it must annoy the hell out of Steve right now.