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DMCA Leagalizes Video Game and Phone Jailbreaking as Fair Use


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222w ago - The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently won a DMCA ruling that, under most 'fair use' circumstances, no longer makes it illegal to hack and jailbreak devices including video games and portable phones including Apple's iPhone.

Essentially consumers shouldn't need Apple's approval for everything you put in your device just because the device itself was made by Apple, much like you don't need HP's approval for the paper you put in their printer or Serta's approval for who can sleep on your mattress.

[Register or Login to view links] and phoenixfire425 via our Forums HERE expanded on this ruling, to quote:

"In addition to jailbreaking, other exemptions announced Monday would:

• 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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Okiri's Avatar
#8 - Okiri - 222w ago
Yes, some good news at last, everything was turning so dark for the scene...

adrianc1982's Avatar
#7 - adrianc1982 - 222w ago
So as long as we dont pirate we can run homebrew then like movie players?

Will hacking void the warranty? anyone know?

HellReborn's Avatar
#6 - HellReborn - 222w ago
I came hope from a 10 hour day at work, turned on my computer, looked at this site, read this post, now I can say I had a good day

shummyr's Avatar
#5 - shummyr - 222w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Starlight View Post
This sounds like good news to me..at least it will give some freedom for the average person.

it's nice our hands aren't tied anymore persay

Starlight's Avatar
#4 - Starlight - 222w ago
This sounds like good news to me..at least it will give some freedom for the average person.

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