Jul 28, 2010


The Copyright Office recently made an announcement in regard to the legality of "jailbreaking" iPhones. Before the ruling came out, the mere thought of jailbreaking the coveted mobile device immediately induced the fear of death by firing squad.

In summary, the Copyright Office said:

Jailbreaking your iPhone or other mobile device will no longer violate a controversial federal copyright law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA. Bypassing a manufacturer's protection mechanisms to allow "handsets to execute software applications" is now permitted. (CNN).

Personally, as long as your name is not Steve Jobs, I thing this ruling is a great move in the right direction. Historically, Apple has monopolized the iPhone by controlling what the user was allowed to buy for it (@pps) and where they could buy them (@pp Store).

This would be similar to if you went to Best Buy and bought a new computer and were only allowed to buy computer games to play on this computer from Best Buy stores. Now, with the thought of jailbreaking the phone a little less intimidating, people will have the freedom to jailbreak at will without losing sleep at night over the possibility of an Apple rep kicking in the door with an AK-47 and a lawsuit. There are still considerable risks, such as voiding warranties and not getting the phone fixed if the screen is cracked or dropped in a toilet, but the lawsuits are not really a possibility at this point.