Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jul 2010 17:48 UTC
Legal So, there I am enjoying a nice Gilmore Girls episode after a long day's work, and Engadget's iPhone application brings the good news: the US Library of Congress has added a DMCA exemption for jailbreaking or rooting mobile phones! This is a major blow to Apple, who actively tried to keep jailbreaking a criminal offence, and a major win for everyone who believes that the phone you buy is actually yours, and not the manufacturer's.
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not legal, just not DMCA infringement
by echo.ranger on Mon 26th Jul 2010 21:19 UTC
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The decision didn't necessarily make jailbreaking legal, the Library just said that Apple's attempt to frame jailbreaking as a DMCA-based copyright infringement is incorrect and not in the spirit of what copyright is trying to protect.

Right now this amounts to the same thing as there aren't any laws forbidding jailbreaking a phone, but I think its an important distinction to make.

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