Last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation aided in allowing users to jailbreak their device without fear of legal ramifications. Now, the dark knights of the tech world are attempting to persuade the U.S. Copyright Office into expanding the jailbreaking exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If successful, cracking, hacking, or otherwise would be completely legal for all devices—including every smartphone, tablet, and game console. The request cites the fact that many devices are left in the cold by manufacturers, and the lack of software updates is a major security risk. Because of this, the EFF is asking that companies do not oppose the jailbreaking of their product. If successful, this exception could be a massive win for the end-user, and may ease the jailbreaking process of iOS devices.
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.