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Library of Congress Updates Jailbreaking and Unlocking Rules

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Oct 26, 2012, 7:48 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The U.S. Library of Congress has revised the rules that apply to unlocking cellular phones as well as "jailbreaking" devices such as the Apple iPhone. Officially, the rules are exceptions made by the Library of Congress that pertain to certain portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Moving forward, it will be legal to jailbreak smartphones, but illegal to jailbreak tablets. It will be legal to unlock cell phones between now and January 2013, but illegal to unlock phones thereafter without first acquiring the permission of the wireless network operator. The Library of Congress explained that it believes there are enough unlocked handsets available in the market at this time, and U.S. carriers have become more lenient about unlocking consumer devices upon request. The new rules go into effect October 28 and are applicable for the next three years.

more info at Library of Congress »
more info at Ars Technica »



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HAHAHAHAHA srich27 Oct 26, 2012, 7:55 AM
Freedom of Choice..... Mark_S Oct 26, 2012, 2:57 PM
I don't get it. Jellz Oct 26, 2012, 8:24 AM
How nice tzsm98 Oct 26, 2012, 1:28 PM
Take A Long Walk On A Short Pier Jarahawk Oct 26, 2012, 10:25 PM
A few companies are following the rule sooo let's not enforce it at all mikkej2k Oct 26, 2012, 8:16 AM
Do people think anymore? Zpike Oct 26, 2012, 4:51 PM
F*ck da police Magnagarde Oct 26, 2012, 1:10 PM
Differentiation between Phone and Tablet Tofuchong Oct 26, 2012, 1:15 PM
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