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Thread: Jailbreaking/Unlocking exempt from DMCA, aka officially legal

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    This is amazing to actually legalize it!

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    Great! GREAT! Now the dev team can have a break for official releases :P If this is true all the iphone users will see an instant benefit, even apple since they will sell more gadgets for happy people. Unlocked and Jailbreaked directly from apple, please, somebody hit me....this is a nice dream and I don't wanna wake up. :P

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    Default Jailbreaking, Unlocking iPhones Now Officially Legal in the US



    The Monday morning, the Associated Press announced much to the delight of the jailbreak/modding community, that iPhone owners "will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple." Although the questionable "legality" of such actions never inhibited many from doing so, the federal government is making it officially legal under new rules announced just today.

    So where did this decision come from? While it may seem utterly arbitrary this Monday morning, the decision to effectively authorize "jailbreaking" comes as one of a few important new exemptions from a federal law "that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works." Every three years, the Washington Post reports, the Library of Congress "authorizes such exemptions to ensure that existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material."

    ABC News reports that additional exemptions will:

    — allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.

    — allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.

    — allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos.

    — allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.



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    Hell f'n yeah!!!!!!!

    jail breaking has always been in a grey area.....but now it's officially legal....horray!!!!!
    Last edited by swifty7; 07-26-2010 at 11:04 AM.

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    wow, just wow


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  8. #27
    Great this is good news.

  9. #28
    While this news being great it will still be a rat race for the newest Jb.

  10. #29
    Steve Jobs will still manipulate his company into patching JBing holes because he's a jerk, but at least this gives more freedom in the jailbreaking world from the law.
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    Wonderful!

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    Default Used phone carrier unlock?
    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?

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    " allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced."

    This is what will probably actually benefit the most people what with a lot of commercial software requiring a USB "key" in order to work, which is something that is easily lost but not easily replaced.

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    Im willing to bet that apple will soon give up on trying to patch these holes and start offering some kind of Jailbreaking app that they would charge an arm and a leg for . Im sure it wouldnt be called jailbreaking but probably some kind of unlock that releases the bind between your phone and Apples contract (for a hefty fee ofcourse) especially when Verizon and other carriers are bidding on the iphone rights aswell ! Just seems like an apple thing to do ! LOL

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    This doesn't come as a shock to me

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    Freedom alas! Offically!

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    I see there are probably some people in the house that too jailbreak or want to haha

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