US Library of Congress ruled today that jailbreaking is now legal. Users and hackers can now reveal themselves because they are no longer breaking the law when they attempt to jailbreak their iPhone or other mobile device that is available in highly competitive smartphone market. Recent report said that it is now legal to jailbreak a smartphone. The Library of Congress provides its approval to a new series of exemptions to the 1998 federal law that made the popular practice technically illegal.
“The Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress have taken three important steps today to mitigate some of the harms caused by the DMCA,” Jennifer Granick, EFF’s civil-liberties director, said in a statement Monday. “We are thrilled to have helped free jailbreakers, unlockers, and vidders from this law’s overbroad reach.”
Also, it is now legal to download applications from unapproved apps stores, as well as modifying your smartphone to work on another device. Additionally, because of this law revision users can now break protections on video games in order to “correct security flaws”.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington explained in an official statement:
“Section 1201(a)(1) of the copyright law requires that every three years I am to determine whether there are any classes of works that will be subject to exemptions from the statute’s prohibition against circumvention of technology that effectively controls access to a copyrighted work,”
“Today I have designated six classes of works, [including] computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset.”
While no one has ever been ‘jailed’ for jailbreaking a phone, this serves to legitimize the practice and marks a major victory for consumers.