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Question: Am I allowed to jailbreak my device?


Starting July 27th, 2010 it is legal under US law to do the following:

  • Owners of the iPhone are able to legally unlock their devices (know as "jailbreaking") so they can run software applications that haven't been approved by Apple Inc. The new government rules, however, won't stop Apple from continuing its practice of disabling jailbroken phones with software upgrades. That means owners of such phones might not be able to take advantage of software improvements, and they still run the risk of voiding their warranty. All the new rules do is exempt the user from legal liability
  • allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
  • allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.
  • allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos.
  • allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.
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  • allow blind people to break locks on electronic books so that they can use them with read-aloud software and similar aides.
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