1. flexor's Avatar
    This just out as of 10:31 this morning

    Jailbreaking your iPhone or other mobile devices will no longer violate federal copyright law, the U.S. Copyright Office ruled on Monday.

    The decision, part of a process that takes place every three years, said that bypassing a manufacturer's protection mechanisms to allow "handsets to execute software applications" is permissible.

    The Copyright Office also allowed bypassing the anti-copying technology used in DVDs, but only for "documentary filmmaking," non-commercial videos, and educational uses -- a ruling that stopped short of allowing Americans to legally make a backup copy for their own use in case the original DVD is damaged.

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the San Francisco-based civil liberties group, had requested that the Copyright Office expand the number of exceptions in the controversial 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA broadly restricts, but does not flatly ban, bypassing copy-protection technology.

    "The Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress have taken three important steps today to mitigate some of the harms caused by the DMCA," Jennifer Granick, EFF's civil liberties director, said in a statement on Monday. "We are thrilled to have helped free jailbreakers, unlockers and vidders from this law's overbroad reach."

    Some really good news to mobile phone users.
    More to come...
    07-26-10 12:55 PM
  2. Username00089's Avatar
    Doesn't change a thing in my opinion.

    You take your phone into an Apple store and it's jail broken, they don't have to
    service it all for you. And Apple can come out with patch after patch for each
    OS release making the jail breakers start from scratch.

    I guess the only thing that can't happen is that Apple can't sue the jail breakers
    like that 14 year old Geohot
    07-26-10 01:11 PM
  3. soccernamlak's Avatar
    Correct. It offers only legal protection for people wanting to modify their phones on the software end.

    However, Apple (or any other company for that matter) can still place security restrictions on the phone and could still consider modification voiding the warranty of the product.
    07-26-10 01:48 PM
  4. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    07-26-10 03:09 PM