Jailbreaking your iPhone or other mobile device no longer violates federal copyright law.
The decision, imparted by the U.S. Copyright Office, said that bypassing a manufacturer's protection mechanisms to allow "handsets to execute software applications" is permissible.
The Copyright Office also allowed bypassing the anticopying technology used in DVDs, but only for "documentary filmmaking," noncommercial videos, and educational uses--a ruling that stopped short of allowing Americans to legally make a backup copy for their own use, in case the original DVD gets damaged. It also doesn't apply to making backup copies of video game discs or Blu-ray discs.
But in practice, the actual impact of that portion of the decision may be limited. To address some questions about this week's announcement by the Copyright Office, we created an FAQ.
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