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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. rmathew_99's Avatar
      rmathew_99 -
      Can Apple still void my warrantee if I jb my phone?
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by rmathew_99 View Post
      Can Apple still void my warrantee if I jb my phone?
      see my previous post.
    1. mobr86's Avatar
      mobr86 -
      Haha! Suck on that one Steeeeeeve. I bet he's sitting in a corner with his iPhone crying like a little girl. I got a feeling now apple will start finding ways to make it harder to jailbreak the iPhone just to prove a point.
    1. OPTICS's Avatar
      OPTICS -
      Another exemption will allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
      At the end of the day, Apple will still makes a sale.... just not AT&T.
    1. Varmit's Avatar
      Varmit -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenixfire425 View Post
      Wait not to HiJack this thread BUT.

      What does this mean for the PS3 scene??
      It means you can jailbreak your PS3 to make phone calls and stuff.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Why would you think that? Jailbreaking and unlocking were already considered legal before now anyways.
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Hasn't it always been legal?
      I wonder what the Canadian government has to say about it. I hope they find a similar verdict


      No, not even close
      Quote Originally Posted by IndoMonkey View Post
      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
      Quote Originally Posted by Zingala View Post
      considered legal by everyone? If so, then i retract my statement. However, i don't feel that is the case.
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      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
      Actually...

      Apple Officially Claims Jailbreaking Illegal
    1. Varmit's Avatar
      Varmit -
      I guess the question that remains is this. They said switching carriers. That's the big one. Who provides the unlock for the phone to be used on another network. Jailbreaking, we have a full understanding, the warranty is the gray area that has yet to be determined. Like some have said, Apple will find a way to make sure you have voided it. This would make it very complex to maintain a separate code for unlocked and locked phones. Or am I puffing smoke here and clouding my own perception. I guess it could as well mean that They can release a new update that will ask for a "unlock" code.

      Again, I'm speculating and tossing my thoughts into the ring.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nightz View Post
      Now apple has no control over what users do. Nice. Lets jailbreak more.
      Um, they never did. No company can really force you to use their product a certain way. They really have no say in how you use it past the point of sale. What they can do is deny support, void the warrenty, etc.
    1. Varmit's Avatar
      Varmit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      LOL! That one just makes you think. It makes me wonder why they let other countries have the iphone unlocked and we have to deal with the "arranged marriage". I mean hell, this is America, home of the free.

      Ok, Im getting carried away. Take a deep breath....FREE THE iPHONE!!!!

      LOLOL!
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      people think that this means that apple now has to allow people to jailbreak. IT DOES NOT!!!! it only means that it is legal to jailbreak, but apple can patch it to get rid of it because it's also legal for them to do that.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yep, Apple is still free to do whatever to it they want with the iOS updates.
    1. Forgoten Dynasty's Avatar
      Forgoten Dynasty -
      Is that an E-fuse I smell in the iPod touch 4g.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      So far the E-Fuse didn't stop Droid X or Xbox360.
    1. Buffolus's Avatar
      Buffolus -
      Well downgradeing my iPhone with SHSH shouldn't be an issue
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      I heard some idiot in my class talking about how this is great news, and now everyone can "jailbreak" and be on Verizon.

      I just shook my head.
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      Actually.....what?

      Are you trying to insinuate that just b/c Apple said it was illegal that it actually was? Because that would be just silly.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      I heard some idiot in my class talking about how this is great news, and now everyone can "jailbreak" and be on Verizon.

      I just shook my head.
      Funny and so true. People just don't know or care ... until it's too late.

      That's the primary reason for the craziness in our companies, in our laws, with out politicians, and with most everything. People listen to sound-bites or marketing-hype and believe its. The blind leading the blind ...
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      I heard some idiot in my class talking about how this is great news, and now everyone can "jailbreak" and be on Verizon.

      I just shook my head.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      I heard some idiot in my class talking about how this is great news, and now everyone can "jailbreak" and be on Verizon.

      I just shook my head.
      I wish the idiots could take their iPhones to Verizon. It would mean...

      1. Less overall network usage on AT&T - no excuse left for AT&T network to be crap.
      2. Large loss of customers for AT&T might force them to offer some better voice and data packages to keep customers.
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      I wish the idiots could take their iPhones to Verizon. It would mean...

      1. Less overall network usage on AT&T - no excuse left for AT&T network to be crap.
      2. Large loss of customers for AT&T might force them to offer some better voice and data packages to keep customers.
      Agreed. Let the iPhone slow down Verizon's network, and free up a lot of AT&T's. I'm happy on AT&T and don't see myself switching back to Verizon, unless I move into an area that would benefit the switch.