Jailbreaking Might Become Illegal This Year

Jailbroken iPhone 4S

Almost two years ago, on 26 July 2010, the US government had legalized jailbreaking. It was a relief for those wondered about the legality of jailbreaking.

Over the last two years the freedom of jailbreaking helped fix many bugs in iDevices and presented many helpful tweaks to the users of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Most recently iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices were hacked. However, now if the reports published by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are to be believed, jailbreaking may become illegal in near future.

The EFF published:

“Smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles are powerful computers with lots of untapped potential. Yet many of these devices are set up to run only software that’s been approved by the manufacturer. Modifying a device to run independent software – known as jailbreaking – is important to programmers, enthusiasts, and users. But jailbreaking creates legal uncertainty. Some device manufacturers claim that jailbreaking violates Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which carries stiff penalties.”

The ruling handed down by the Copyright Office in 2010 is due to expire this year. EFF is trying to persuade the Office to renew the exemption. Once jailbreaking becomes illegal, device manufacturers would have the right and power to pursue legal action against jailbreakers at will.

The EFF has provided link to the Copyright Office’s comment board. The Office needs to hear why jailbreaking is important. Some of the question being raised in this regard are as follows:

1. Which jailbreaking exemption are you supporting—smartphones/tablets, video game consoles, or both?

2. What’s your background (are you a developer, hobbyist, user, independent researcher, etc.)?

3. What device do you want to ensure you have the legal authority to jailbreak?

4. What limitations would you face if you weren’t able to jailbreak?

Comments should be marked as class “5? and are due by 5 PM ET 10 February 2012.

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Source: iDownload Blog

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