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[3]: thank you
by elsewhere on Wed 28th Jul 2010 01:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: thank you"
elsewhere
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I agree that although this is big news, cause for celebration, and a blow to Apple's hegemony, it's not going to have much real-world impact, because the geniuses who are out these figuring out the jailbreaks would do it whether it was illegal in the US or not.


I don't disagree, but one point to consider is that with the DMCA exemption, it opens the door for mainstream media sites to publish info regarding the jailbreaking process (ie. step-by-step guides), which could help "legitimize" jailbreaking for the general public and encourage more users to try it. Even CNN was discussing it today, for instance.

DMCA would otherwise prevent them from providing or even linking to the information (US-based at least).

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