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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Big Loss for Apple??
by dukes on Mon 26th Jul 2010 18:53 UTC
dukes
Member since:
2005-07-06

...or all companies that actively block firmware modifications?

I would assume the Android OS and any others are included as well.

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RE: Big Loss for Apple??
by aesiamun on Mon 26th Jul 2010 18:57 in reply to "Big Loss for Apple??"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Apple flat out called it illegal. Motorola limits what you can do using the technology, not the law. The LOC only said it wasn't legal, not that it was a right to do. Motorola will still continue locking and encrypting the boot loader and making life generally difficult for 3rd party ROM users on their phones.

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RE[2]: Big Loss for Apple??
by dukes on Tue 27th Jul 2010 23:59 in reply to "RE: Big Loss for Apple??"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

Again, how is this a "Loss" for Apple?? Or will you continue to cloud what's really happened here vs blog banter?

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RE: Big Loss for Apple??
by Soulbender on Mon 26th Jul 2010 19:16 in reply to "Big Loss for Apple??"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Possibly, but Apple's the only one who said it is illegal. Other companies settle for voiding your warranty, which is the sane option. It's not like it's illegal to modify your Ford or B&O stereo or Yamaha motorcycle etc (as long as it's within the applicable law). There's no reason IT has to be different in this regard.

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RE[2]: Big Loss for Apple??
by Kroc on Mon 26th Jul 2010 21:01 in reply to "RE: Big Loss for Apple??"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Rubbish. Software is software. Changing the software doesn’t void the warranty. At most they can ask you to reformat the device before they will repair it.

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RE[2]: Big Loss for Apple??
by dukes on Thu 29th Jul 2010 02:05 in reply to "RE: Big Loss for Apple??"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

My question was how is it a "Big Loss for Apple" [specifically]? The explicit terms of this [law] doesn't single one company out. It will affect any phone maker.

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