Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) presents amazing news for iPhone users! Yes it is related to iPhone and its jail breaking. After much hard work and efforts the jailbreaking process has now been declared legal under DMCA.
After a lot of efforts and paper work EFF gained success with the request to permit jailbreaking. Apple is known for its strict policies and procedures regarding installation and running of applications from sources other than that of what it approves of. Many users have been jailbreaking their iDevices (i.e. iPhones, iPads and iPods); so as to personalize their iPhone and run applications of their choice. 50% and more iPhone users are known to have jailbroken their phones. Most people wanted to jailbreak their iProduct but the only thing that stopped them was whether it was safe and legal or not? But now the legality has been out in the open now.
Even the Copyright Office overruled what Apple claimed regarding copyright law. According to Apple it was officially against copyright law to install unapproved programs on iPhones. But the copyright office favored EFF’s case regarding jailbreaking – a fair use to make alterations to enhance the interoperability. Jailbreaking only allows users to run programs and applications from sources other than that of Apple’s and customize iPhone as per one’s choice.
Another achievement on EFF’s part is the change in DMCA exception for carrier unlocking. Apple will continue to fight against jail breaking as it is a threat to its “App Store” but on the other hand after legalization of jailbreaking sale of iProducts, specially iPhones is on rise.
So you can now run applications and programs of your choice now without having the fear that whether jailbreaking is legal or not, because iPhone jailbreaking and carrier unlocking haven been officially approved under the DMCA. Hats off to EFF’s efforts and hard work!