AP: New government law makes it legal to unlock your phone, load 3rd party appsWASHINGTON – Owners of the iPhone will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple. The government is making that legal under new rules announced Monday.
The decision to allow the practice commonly known as “jailbreaking” is one of a handful of new exemptions from a federal law that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works. Every three years, the Library of Congress authorizes such exemptions to ensure that existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material.
Another exemption will allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
I always thought it was legal to do this and only against Apple Warranty policy?
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Plenty of misinformation around here.
1) it's not "legal", it's "not a copyright violation".
2) Unlocking of a cell phone has been "not a copyright violation" for the past 3 years. This is not new.
3) Apple is not prevented from continuing to lock down the iPhone via software updates, nor is other cell phone providers. They also do not have to honor warranties if you damage your phone or even go thru the act of jail breaking your phone and they are able to see that you did.
Keep in mind that some hardware devices can have their warranties voided simply by damaging a sticker on the device that covers a screw that holds the case together. You don't have to actually take it apart, just break the sticker, last I checked, it was fully "legal" to break a sticker of any kind, but it can still void warranties.
Just because something is legal or not a violation, does NOT mean everything is fair game.
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Ok, now that it is "not illegal" to jailbreak I still think title go to pay. These guys have been spending a lot of their time on the jb and given the opportunity, which they now have, they'll want to be paid for their time. It's not unreasonable but I think it might make a few users unhappy.
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