Jailbreaking and Unlocking Has Now Been Legalized!

Congress has been with the case of the legalities of jailbreaking/unlocking for awhile now, and just as of today there is a new law out that makes jailbreaking or unlocking your iDevice legal. Congress has finally added new anti-circumvention exceptions to the DMCA that will allow people to mod a purchased device for the purpose of installing legally obtained software. This is  known as jailbreaking in iDevice world, or rooting to the android community.

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The Associated Press published an interesting article on just this, and along with the legalization of jailbreaking/unlocking your iDevice, came a handful of new exceptions as well (click here if you want to read them).

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.

If you have been following the jailbreaking scene for awhile, this is huge news! Until today there was a large white mist surrounding the legality of  jailbreaking and unlocking your iDevice.  Luckily it seems that this will not be a problem anymore as jailbreaking or unlocking your iDevice is perfectly legal, thanks to new laws passed by the DMCA. Does anyone have any thoughts on this big news?

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