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EFF Seeks to Allow PS3 JailBreaking with Video Game Consoles


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147w ago - Previously the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) reported on the Sony / GeoHot PS3 case, and now they are seeking (PDF) to widen exemptions won in the last DMCA rulemaking to allow for the JailBreaking of smartphones, electronic tablets, and video game consoles including the PlayStation 3 system.

To quote: Copyright Office Should Expand Legal Protections for JailBreakers and Video Artists

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the U.S. Copyright Office today to renew and expand the critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) granted last year in response to EFF's requests to protect the rights of American consumers who modify electronic gadgets and make remix videos.

In the exemption requests filed today, EFF asked the Copyright Office to protect the "jailbreaking" of smartphones, electronic tablets, and video game consoles – liberating them to run operating systems and applications from any source, not just those approved by the manufacturer. EFF also asked for legal protections for artists and critics who use excerpts from DVDs or downloading services to create new, remixed works. These exemptions build on and expand exemptions that EFF won last year for jailbreakers and remix artists.

"The DMCA is supposed to block copyright infringement. But instead it can be misused to threaten creators, innovators, and consumers, discouraging them from making full and fair use of their own property," said EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry.

"Hobbyists and tinkerers who want to modify their phones or video game consoles to run software programs of their choice deserve protection under the law. So do artists and critics who use short excerpts of video content to create new works of commentary and criticism. Copyright law shouldn't be stifling such uses – it should be encouraging them."

EFF's requests are part of the Copyright Office's rulemaking process, convened every three years to consider exemptions to the DMCA's prohibitions on "circumventing" digital rights management (DRM) and "other technical protection measures" used to protect copyrighted works. While this ban was meant to deter copyright infringement, many have misused the law to chill competition, free speech, and fair use. Exemptions are meant to mitigate the harms the law has caused to legitimate, non-infringing uses of copyrighted materials.

"We were thrilled that EFF won important exemptions to the DMCA in the last rulemaking," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann. "But technology has evolved over the last three years, and so it's important to expand these exemptions to cover the real-world uses of smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, DVDs, and video downloads."

In drafting the requests, EFF had the invaluable assistance of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Organization for Transformative Works.

The Copyright Office will hold hearings on the proposed DMCA exemptions in the spring of 2012, with a final rulemaking order expected in October 2012.

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#13 - nicotine - 192w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Ruck1707 View Post
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quite possibly the absolute best forum reply i've ever seen.
Quote Originally Posted by jdoerty View Post
use to love Sony products but now it just feels like I am being probed by a TSA agent. If by some mad chance of insanity on the judges part Sony wins this case, I will forever be boycotting thier products and services this includes thier Music, Movie and hardware ventures. FU Sony

what if the TSA agent buys you dinner first?

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#12 - jdoerty - 192w ago
use to love Sony products but now it just feels like I am being probed by a TSA agent. If by some mad chance of insanity on the judges part Sony wins this case, I will forever be boycotting thier products and services this includes thier Music, Movie and hardware ventures. FU Sony

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#11 - madmax69 - 192w ago
Surely if Sony are claiming you can't do what you want with something youve purchased and you can't install homebrew software or software from other developers then they are creating a monopoly, in the UK the monopoly commision would be all over them like a rash.

Why is it ok to use accesories like third party controllers, cables, internal hard drives etc and you can't do it with homebrew apps, firmware updates, and linux ?

DOUBLE STANDARDS !!!

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#10 - xragel2478 - 192w ago
I'm gonna do what ever i want to MY console.. its not like i'm renting a box they own.

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#9 - skrapps - 192w ago
ya know, if Sony wins this then people are in trouble, that means corporations and huge companies everywhere will control what people can and cant do.. i mean, will it ever get to the point where... yeah you bought a car, you can use the radio.. but don't you dare sit down and drive it or youll get sued!!

theres no boundaries on what people can do if one company can sue you for messing with something you paid for.. why cant anyone else? there has to be a line drawn somewhere.. doesn't any of this stuff start to mess with your rights/freedom after a while?

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