Feel free to (legally) jailbreak your iPhone

The Associated Press reports that iPhone users can now legally jailbreak their phones. This will still violate Apple’s terms of service, but it won’t break the 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized use of copyright-protected material. Some additional exemptions to the law are as follows:

  • Allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
  • Allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.
  • Allow college professors, film students, documentary filmmakers and producers of noncommercial videos to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism or commentary.
  • Allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.
  • Allow blind people to break locks on electronic books so that they can use them with read-aloud software and similar aides.

Read more from the Associated Press article.

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