Jailbreaking and rooting your device now legal

Oh yes you read that right. Jailbreaking your iOS device, and rooting your Android/webOS device has now been deemed legal by the Library of Congress. Until now, the act of obtaining root access was considered infringing upon the DMCA, a digital copyright law that “criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself.” According to the freshly announced statement:

Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset.

So there you have it folks. Of Course, rooting and jailbreaking still comes with it’s own set of rules and laws that I’ve always considered worse than whatever the man can throw at me. You always risk breaking your device. No one is responsible for what you do to your device except yourself. And you most certainly, never ever ever, ask for an ETA.

Via Talk Android