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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Hardly a blow at all
by whartung on Mon 26th Jul 2010 23:20 UTC
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Whether this happened or not wouldn't have matter in the long term. Any pressures Apple made against people would have simply pushed the efforts off shore (or to where they appear to be happening off shore) where the DMCA "doesn't exist".

None of this prevents Apple from doing efforts to frustrate and prevent jailbreaking of their phones. It may now be legal to circumvent those efforts, but that doesn't make the efforts themselves illegals. Whatever drive Apple has to frustrate jailbreakers, that drive remains.

If anything, the FUD of jailbreaking being in a "shadowy underworld" being lifted with potential to make jailbreaking even more mainstream, may push Apples efforts even harder to keep them out.

Just another shot in the war, but the war continues.

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