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.
Thread beginning with comment 434526
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Market
by ndrw on Tue 27th Jul 2010 03:38 UTC
ndrw
Member since:
2009-06-30

Perhaps the biggest implication of this decision is that it is now legal to sell, publish and advertise tools for jailbreaking and software that incorporates some jailbreaking techniques in order to install itself on the restricted device. Now it is even legal to operate third-party application stores for jail-broken devices.

With some serious money behind we can expect jailbreaking to be quite effective. Of course manufacturers of such restricted devices will fight back piling technical limitations. In a longer term, however, such practices will only piss off the users and make themselves less competitive.

Reply Score: 2