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Jailbreaking May Become Illegal Soon, Help Keep it Legal and Act Now

Written By Hans Berger on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 2:47 AM

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Jailbreaking was officially declared legal on July 26, 2010 by the U.S. Copyright Office. Unfortunately the ruling handed down by the U.S. Copyright Office was not permanent and it will be expiring soon, and if it doesn't get renewed then jailbreaking will not be legal anymore. The EFF wants to convince the U.S. Copyright Office to renew the jailbreaking exemption, and also expand it to tablets and allow the  jailbreaking of video game consoles as well.

You can help keep jailbreaking legal by submitting comments to the U.S. Copyright Office. Go to EFF's Jailbreaking is Not A Crime webpage, read their page, and following their link to submit your comments to the U.S. Copyright Office. The deadline for submitting your comments is on February 10 at 5 PM Eastern, so be sure to submit your comments by then.

[Update] The developer of Cydia, Saurik, posted the following comment:




Please note: the EFF's article only mentions the proposed classes that they put forward, #3 (video game consoles) and #5 (wireless telephone handsets... and tablets); however, there is a more general class #4 (personal computing device) that was put forward by the SFLC (which does a lot of work on behalf of the FSF) that should not be forgotten: if we can win #4 then #3 and #5 might not even matter. As the developer of Cydia, I implore anyone interested in jailbreaking intending to submit comments to the copyright office to see if their comments generalize to this other class, and include #4 along with #3 and #5 in the application.




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Chris
January 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM

It takes the fun out when it's legal.
This sites going down hole as of updates or don't follow iPhone as much now, get more info from CNN app about iphone/ios than this site now

Anthony
January 26, 2012 at 2:39 AM

I use to check this site daily. I guess now I only have to check back every other months.

Anthony
January 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM

I take it they didnt like my comment

Hans
January 31, 2012 at 5:10 AM

It was caught in the spam filter. :)

angel
February 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

We need jailbreak!
Phone seller scam people by selling locked phones and obligated people to pay extra for they services plus indent charge.

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