Congress Legalizes Jailbreaking and Unlocking Your Apple Devices

So far, Apple’s customers had been unlocking and jailbreaking their devices to get the most of out of them. Many iPhone owners considered it ‘wrong’ or ‘illegal’ to jailbreak or unlock their devices. Apple certainly did because if the warranty became void in case you had jailbreaked or unlocked your device.

Apple wants to stay in control. It does not wants its customer to use app not authorized by Apple and it does not want its customers to use carriers that Apple does not have deals with. To accomplish this, Apple uses its iOS, the operating system its devices run on.

However Apple might have to completely rethink their policy on the jailbreaks and unlocks after what the government recently decided.

In their latest decision, the US government legalized jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone devices.

“WASHINGTON – Owners of the iPhone will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple. The government is making that legal under new rules announced Monday.

The decision to allow the practice commonly known as “jailbreaking” is one of a handful of new exemptions from a federal law that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works. Every three years, the Library of Congress authorizes such exemptions to ensure that existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material.

Another exemption will allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.”

The news was reported by the AP and can be read in its entirety here.