Monday, July 26, 2010

Jailbreaking Is Legal, Officially

News came today as the US Government announced new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). One of the most notable and perhaps useless exemptions is the iPhone Jailbreaking grant. It is no longer “illegal” to Jailbreak Apple iDevice according to a U.S. Library of Congress ruling today.

What does this mean?

Now you will no longer be facing criminal charges if you installed Cydia on your iPhone or iPad...but who was scared anyway!

More importantly, it protects the jailbreak app developers and jailbreakers (i.e. Dev Team, GeoHot) out there from prosecution. They can go on for 3 years creating unsanctioned apps for the Apple iPhone and iPad for use only on jailbroken devices.

Jailbreaking your iPad is probably one of the easiest things to do to your iDevice, at least easier now than it ever has been!

The exemption also allows cellphones to be unlocked for use with any cell provider.

This was apparently against the law prior to this announcement, but it hasn’t stopped anyone before. The lawmakers hardly have enough time to manage real crimes, let alone ones that involve the unlocking of my iPad.

1 comment:

  1. Upon reading over the ruling, it appears that the Class B designation refers to smartphones only (with the commentary focusing exclusively on the iPhone). So it's still debateable whether the iPad/iPod should be considered included. (Darn laws with their semantics!)


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