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  • Jailbreaking/Unlocking exempt from DMCA, aka officially legal
    Source : New gov't rules allow unapproved iPhone apps - Yahoo! News

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    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. mr.sparky's Avatar
      mr.sparky -
      Its about time.......
    1. skolpo's Avatar
      skolpo -
      Oh man, the last part is especially awesome. Way to stick it to exclusivity.
    1. timmyinpajamas's Avatar
      timmyinpajamas -
      Awesome
    1. joehowes's Avatar
      joehowes -
      sweet news!
    1. Zingala's Avatar
      Zingala -
      Sweet! I see the JB world expanding exponentially!
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      /love

      now i can use my phone to "sell drugs" and "ddos cell phone towers" LOL.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Poor Steve. He must be pissed. His precious device can be modified at will be end users legally.
    1. brandoncarr's Avatar
      brandoncarr -
      So that means that Apple can no longer patch the holes that are found?
    1. 0blivious's Avatar
      0blivious -
      Was just reading that article on the Seattle Times. I see someone posted it here already.

      Good stuff. I'll bet Steve Jobs is just squirming in his birkenstocks over this.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zingala View Post
      Sweet! I see the JB world expanding exponentially!
      Why would you think that? Jailbreaking and unlocking were already considered legal before now anyways.
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

      Sent from my iPhone
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandoncarr View Post
      So that means that Apple can no longer patch the holes that are found?
      why wouldn't they be able to. Apple would claim they are improving their software
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Hasn't it always been legal?
      I wonder what the Canadian government has to say about it. I hope they find a similar verdict

      Quote Originally Posted by brandoncarr View Post
      So that means that Apple can no longer patch the holes that are found?
      No, not even close
    1. bluefloyd's Avatar
      bluefloyd -
      It seems like Apple can still make it difficult to JB if they want to.
    1. ncarlav's Avatar
      ncarlav -
      Finally!!!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandoncarr View Post
      So that means that Apple can no longer patch the holes that are found?
      No. Those holes while awesome for allowing us to jailbreak our phones are security liabilities and they need to patch them whenever the exploit is made public. But there's always more holes hidden away so no need to worry much about Apple closing jailbreaking forever.

      And the legal standing of jailbreaking was never clear, which is why you had Apple in courty arguing it should be. This ruling officially makes it legal.
    1. bigorangekitty's Avatar
      bigorangekitty -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandoncarr View Post
      So that means that Apple can no longer patch the holes that are found?
      No it doesn't mean that. Apple has every right to patch holes, and fix and improve their OS (iOS)for improvement or security. Apple can still void the warranty of your phone if you jailbreak also. That's an entirely seperate issue. This just "ok's" jailbreaking and unlocking.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
    1. realisticmind1's Avatar
      realisticmind1 -
      While this is great and welcomes news, I don't believe this will change the jailbreak world dramatically.
    1. x2dope's Avatar
      x2dope -
      This is amazing to actually legalize it!