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07-26-2010, 09:31 AM #1
Jailbreaking/Unlocking exempt from DMCA, aka officially legal
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.
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07-26-2010, 09:33 AM #2
Its about time.......
Steroids are yummy
07-26-2010, 09:34 AM #3
Oh man, the last part is especially awesome. Way to stick it to exclusivity.
07-26-2010, 09:34 AM #4
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07-26-2010, 09:35 AM #6
Sweet! I see the JB world expanding exponentially!
07-26-2010, 09:36 AM #7
now i can use my phone to "sell drugs" and "ddos cell phone towers" LOL.When the police want to know where someone is, they ask apple.
07-26-2010, 09:36 AM #8
Poor Steve. He must be pissed. His precious device can be modified at will be end users legally.
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07-26-2010, 09:36 AM #9
So that means that Apple can no longer patch the holes that are found?
07-26-2010, 09:38 AM #10
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.
07-26-2010, 09:39 AM #11
07-26-2010, 09:40 AM #12
Sent from my iPhone
07-26-2010, 09:41 AM #13
07-26-2010, 09:41 AM #14Name? whereswaldo
iDevice + Firmware? 32GB Black iPhone 4 iOS 5.0
Computer + OS? Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen i5, 2.3 Ghz, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM Windows 7 HP
Found yet? No
07-26-2010, 09:41 AM #15
It seems like Apple can still make it difficult to JB if they want to.
07-26-2010, 09:42 AM #16
07-26-2010, 09:42 AM #17
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.
Last edited by Happy Noodle Boy; 07-26-2010 at 09:44 AM.
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07-26-2010, 09:51 AM #20
While this is great and welcomes news, I don't believe this will change the jailbreak world dramatically.