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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RE[2]: Hardly a blow at all
by Almafeta on Tue 27th Jul 2010 03:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Hardly a blow at all"
Almafeta
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I'm sure Apple won't stop, but they'll have to change their song from 'jailbreaking is illegal'


I'm pretty sure that they've got an argument to make. The Library of Congress ruled that it's not a crime to steal code for the purposes of modifying a device - as long as the usage is "de minimis". If Apple can successfully argue that no matter the size of the code, regardless of if it's one byte or one gigabyte, that the impact of its use is more than de minimis, then we're back to square one.

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