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Copyright Office Of Library Of Congress Deems Jailbreaking Legal


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A bit of news for all of you.

"We've always considered jailbreaking well within the bounds of legal iPhone use, but if you've ever been concerned that jailbreaking your iPhone wasn't actually legit, the New York Times reports that The Library of Congress' Copyright Office has officially deemed jailbreaking exempt "from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized uses."

Apple can still say jailbreaking voids your warranty, but you're not doing anything illegal by jailbreaking your phone and installing apps not approved by Apple. Other good news: Unlocking cellphones (to use your phone with another carrier) was deemed legal in this ruling, as was circumventing DVD DRM to use the video for educational purposes, documentary film-making, and non-commercial videos. Check out a more in-depth analysis of the ruling over at Ars Technica. [NYT]"

Source:Lifehacker

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w00t!!! So now that jailbreaking is not illegal, then of course rooting our Androids is not illegal either right? (as if we android users cared :X)

BTW, VaKo, did you root yours yet? It's 100x easier to do now than it was before, and you can unroot just as easily.

Hell, I am a rom developer (well kitchen user).

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Well yeah of course its the same with routing an android phone. This wasn't just for the iphone/ipod touch. It should apply to a wide range of devices, ipods, android phones, probably even nintendo ds's. I prob still need to find a way to jailbreak my ipod touch lol.

Oh but heres what one of the comments said:

"Is it legal to jailbreak/unlock? Yes. But, is it legal for Apple/AT&T/"The Man" to deny you service or charge you more? Yes. In fact, you agree to such conditions when you sign a contract or check "I have read and agree with the Terms of Service." So, can Apple/AT&T sue you? No. Can they deny you service or charge more? Yes."

What a buzzkill lol.

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They didn't deem jailbreaking legal, they deemed that jailbreaking doesn't violate the DMCA.

It still violates shrinkwrap/clickwrap agreements and your warranty, and jailbreakers don't get a get-out-of-jail-free card (no pun intended) for jailbreakers.

It turns out that there’s another provision that says you’re not allowed to market or traffic in tools whose primary purpose is to let people hack and the exceptions are not permitted to be applied to that provision. So even though the Library of Congress has given blessing to the act of hacking here. It’s not able to give a blessing to trafficking in the tools that let you hack.

You need to figure out how to jailbreak your phone yourself :P

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They didn't deem jailbreaking legal, they deemed that jailbreaking doesn't violate the DMCA.

It still violates shrinkwrap/clickwrap agreements and your warranty, and jailbreakers don't get a get-out-of-jail-free card (no pun intended) for jailbreakers.

You need to figure out how to jailbreak your phone yourself :P

Oh i did not know that part. And oh great. Only legal to jailbreak it, not legal to get the tools so i can jailbreak it. Apparently im going to have to make a solution myself. If i want to be legal, which im not going to confirm or deny. :P

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It has came to my conclusion that there is not too much of a point in rooting an android device, well that is until it meets it's eol (as my hero has ungracefully been pushed to by it's maker in leu of the newer and faster phones), but I am not trying to bring up the marketing vs. product longetivity issue.

BTW, you heard Google discontinued the Nexus? That sucks man. The phone is a staple.. even though not many people bought one.. But it was and remains THE true Android phone.

Also heh I forgot man, it's a nexus one, you don't need root cause you already have it! lol. I mean it is LOCKED per-say but not by much, and you were not plagued with the issues that us older Android platform users have been though, which is the reason why we rooted. BTW, 2.2 is CRAZY FAST on the Hero. Just as soon as the dev's knock a few more kinks out I am looking to go permanent with it (pending discontinuing my 2.1 rom)

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They didn't deem jailbreaking legal, they deemed that jailbreaking doesn't violate the DMCA.

It still violates shrinkwrap/clickwrap agreements and your warranty, and jailbreakers don't get a get-out-of-jail-free card (no pun intended) for jailbreakers.

You need to figure out how to jailbreak your phone yourself :P

Uhm... Since jailbraking isn't hacking, the tools needed are not "hacker-tools",

they are tools that serve a legitimate (and legal) purpose .

And it doesn't even matter if you use the word "hack" in it's true meaning or the media-meaning ("hack" = "crime") :)

I'm looking forward to rock-boxing my wrong-generation iPod Classic ( It was a prize ) and then use it ..

Since there is no way in Hell I'll instal iTunes it just collects dust somewhere atm .

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Uhm... Since jailbraking isn't hacking, the tools needed are not "hacker-tools",

they are tools that serve a legitimate (and legal) purpose .

And it doesn't even matter if you use the word "hack" in it's true meaning or the media-meaning ("hack" = "crime") :)

I'm looking forward to rock-boxing my wrong-generation iPod Classic ( It was a prize ) and then use it ..

Since there is no way in Hell I'll instal iTunes it just collects dust somewhere atm .

Ah that is true. I'll remember that if i go to court XD.

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Uhm... Since jailbraking isn't hacking, the tools needed are not "hacker-tools",

they are tools that serve a legitimate (and legal) purpose .

And it doesn't even matter if you use the word "hack" in it's true meaning or the media-meaning ("hack" = "crime") :)

Jailbreaking is hacking into your own phone, no?

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Well that is good for our friends in the states! Glad i am in canada though no laws at all against it. here you buy it you own it! the way it should be!

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