“Jailbreaking” Ruled Legal in the US

Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally break electronic locks on their devices in order to download software applications that haven’t been approved by Apple Inc., according to new government rules announced Monday.

It’s one of those things that will be trumpeted as a triumph of freedom over DRM. After that the impact it has on our daily lives will be absolutely zero. Those that are willing to jailbreak, already have done. Those that weren’t going to, still won’t.

In addition to jailbreaking, other exemptions announced Monday would:

- 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.

I can see the logic behind a lot of these though. Particularly the dongle “clause”.

Posted: July 26th, 2010
Categories: Apple, Jailbreak, News, iPod, ipad, iphone
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