It’s Official: Jailbreaking and Unlocking iOS Devices is Legal

Apple received a well deserved legal blow today—the Library of Congress has announced that jailbreaking and unlocking a phone is completely legal and added these two practices to its list of exemptions for the Digital Millennium Copyright act. This is certainly joyous news to the legions of Apple faithful who have gotten around the company’s carrier and software restrictions. The era of hacking our high-tech personal electronic devices is here and quite legal.

Jailbreaking is the practice of hacking into a smartphone’s operating system to bypass the manufacturer’s  and carrier’s restrictions on what applications can be run on the device. Unlocking is the practice of using a jailbroken smartphone to run a program that enables the device to use a different carrier than the authorized one. Want your iPhone to run on T-Mobile’s network? I have done it, and now it’s been declared legal.

What this means for Apple is that its death grip—pun fully intended—on what is allowed onto its iOS-powered devices is loosening. Its iTunes store is now not the only legal place to get apps. Underground app stores like Cydia, Installous and Rock have emerged over the past few years. Never heard of them? They can now legally offer you apps that Apple does not want you to have. Like all those ways to enable free tethering…

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Think that it was about time that the public is protected from the nonsensical copyright claims of large corporations?

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