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Monday, July 26, 2010

Jailbreak and Copy Those DVDs Per Library of Congress

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:31 AM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/07/2...ional-purposes/

"It's no longer illegal under the DMCA to jailbreak your iPhone or bypass a DVD's CSS in order to obtain fair use footage for educational purposes or criticism. These are the new rules that were handed down moments ago by the U.S. Copyright Office. This is really big. Like, really big."

I'd have to agree, this is big news. The ramifications have yet to be fully sorted out since this happened today, but the Library of Congress has ruled that "jailbreaking" your iPhone is legal, and that you can also break DVD encryption under certain circumstances. ARS Technica has a pretty thorough break-down of the ruling, but you can also read it directly from the Library of Congress. This is a step in the right direction in my opinion; what are your thoughts?


Monday, February 16, 2009

Jailbreakers are Lawbreakers? Apple Thinks So!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/02/13/appl...ing-is-illegal/

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted the news that Apple has filed comments with the US Copyright Office stating that the act of jailbreaking your iPhone is a copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, and therefore illegal. The EFF says that Apple is claiming that jailbreak apps still require modified versions of Apple's software, and Apple apparently believes that those versions are infringing on their copyrights."

It took awhile, but Apple has finally made their opinion very clear in this briefing filed with the US Copyright Office. The EFF is taking a stand on the opposite side stating "reverse engineering is a fair use when done for purposes of fostering interoperability with independently created software." How in the world is Apple going to enforce this one you might ask? Good question, and I'm not sure either. However at this point it is just a formal complaint, I'm sure more is to follow!


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