Library of Congress Now Allows Phone Jailbreaking and Rooting

The Library of Congress has excepted several measures from DMCA violations, which includes tweaking their smartphones to install legally-obtained software, also known as jailbreaking (among iPhones) and rooting (for Android or webOS-based phones).

“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,” the Librarian of Congress defined the exception.

This does not mean, however, that Apple will jailbreak your phone for you. It is just that you cannot be sued for breaking their protections. However, Apple can you for an infringement not covered in the exception, such as distributing Apple code in a manner not approved by the company or installing illegally-obtained or pirated software.

Source: Engadget

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