Syp: Now 100% Legal!

I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’ve jailbroken my iPhone to remain on my current carrier (T-Mobile).  Apple’s exclusive agreement with AT&T has rubbed me — and several million other people, apparently — the wrong way, which is why a recent court ruling feels like a sweet slice of vindication:

“Most notably, the FCC has made the controversial practice of ‘jailbreaking’ your iPhone — or any other cell phone — legal.

Apple fought hard against the legalization, arguing that jailbreaking was a form of copyright violation. The FCC disagreed, saying that jailbreaking merely enhanced the inter-operability of the phone, and was thus legitimate under fair-use rules.”

I sort of want to be childish and go “HA-ha!” in Apple’s direction, but I’ll channel my inner man instead.  While I didn’t need the FCC’s direct permission before, it’s great to have their full backing on this, because perhaps it’ll make Apple loosen up and officially support other carriers — and apps.

6 thoughts on “Syp: Now 100% Legal!

  1. It’s such a strange counter-intuitive law in the first place. I think the U.S. was about the only place where it was considered ‘illegal’ with the whole digital locks part of the DMCA. We’re currently fighting against a similar bill here in Canada.

    Nice to see the FCC back up the inter-operability rule. I don’t know if that makes it legal per se, I’d more gather that it means the FCC’s opinion would be brought up in court. AFAIK for it to officially be ‘legal’ an exception (which the DMCA allows for) has to be made.

  2. Verizon gets the Iphone in Feb 11 supposedly, but with Droid being so popular now it will be interesting to see how many droid users early term, or do the 1 year trade in, or if they stick with the Droid.

  3. Apple loosen up? Pshaw. If you expect the cult of personality that is Steve Jobs to admit an error…please don’t hold your breath. I do like to see the gov sticking it to the man once in a while though. :o)

  4. Ahh in reply to my own comment, I’m reading now that the U.S. Library of Congress has in fact added jailbreaking as an official exemption to the DMCA.

    So it’s not just ‘legal’ now, it’s legal without the quotes. =)

  5. Well, the rumora of the iPhone moving to another carrier have been strong for quite some time, so thats something i will wait and see what happens.

    As for the jailbreaking: Huzzah! I would have done the same if i could then use my phone on Verizon, but the big V still uses the antiquated CDMA. Im not a fan of T-Mobile, so i stick with what ive got. For now. But i say the more power and leeway we have to use the products we have purchased how we see fit, the better.

  6. My main thing is that I like AT&T. Where I’m at in Tennessee, it’s the best carrier by far (which isn’t saying the others are so much worse, but it’s legitimately good service, even without 3G coverage). My only complaint will be when the iPhone goes to other carriers–or unlocked to other carriers–is if Apple starts doing different things for different carriers instead of having a universal phone across all of them. If the Verizon iPhone isn’t in-line with the iPhone 4, I’ll be pretty irritated.

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