How to Help Make iPhone Jailbreaking Legal Again

If you remember the United State Government passed a ruling back in July 2010 making iPhone jailbreaking legal. According to that DMCA legislation the rooting, jailbreaking and unlocking of iPhone and android tablets is legal until the intention and purpose of jailbreaking is not to violate any copyrighted work.

Now the period of this legislation is going to expire soon and if we, all those who love jailbreaking the devices, don’t act promptly, the copyright office might remove the exemption. If DMCA office doesn’t extent the exemption period, the jailbreaking of iPhone will no longer remain legal but iPad jailbreaking will even then be a legal process.

Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is a donor-funded non-profit organization and which fights for freedom primarily in the courts, tells us how we can help make iPhone jailbreaking legal again. All we have to do is to submit comments to the Copyright Office mentioning why the jailbreaking is important and how it can help us.

How You Can Help – The Copyright Office needs to hear from people who depend on the ability to jailbreak to write, use, and/or tinker with independent software (from useful apps to essential security fixes) for smartphones, tablets, and game consoles. You can submit comments online at this link.

Here are some questions you might want to address in your comments:

  1. Which jailbreaking exemption are you supporting—smartphones/tablets, video game consoles, or both?
  2. What’s your background (i.e., are you a developer, hobbyist, academic, independent researcher, user, etc.)?
  3. What device do you want to ensure you have the legal authority to jailbreak?
  4. Please explain why you want to jailbreak this device. What limitations do you face if you aren’t able to jailbreak it? Is there software you couldn’t run, computing capabilities you wouldn’t have, cool things you couldn’t do, etc.?
  5. If you’re a developer, did an online application store or console manufacturer reject your app or game? If so, what reasons did they give?
  6. Is there anything else you want to tell the Copyright Office?

Concrete examples will help show the Copyright Office why they should renew and expand the exemptions for jailbreaking. Send your comments to the Copyright Office at Where the form says “Comment number(s) of proposed classes of works to which you are responding,” enter a “3” if you’re writing about game consoles or a “5” if you’re writing about smartphones or tablets.

You can submit your comments by February 10 at 5PM Eastern time.

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By A. Usman

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1 Reply

  1. iphones sucksays:

    just get an android device or WF7
    why should you have to go though all this just to customize it
    you can do all that on android without voiding you warrenty
    and the wf7 jailbreak is directaly supported my microsoft
    apple will never support this

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