Way back in July of 2010, Congress made an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which legalized jailbreaking, unlocking, and installing unapproved 3rd party apps on phones. That exemption is set to expire, and due to pressures from electronics manufacturers like Apple who constantly battle jailbreaking, there is a very real possibility that it will not be renewed.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting for the user’s right to do whatever they please with their devices, and is asking anyone who owns a gadget to contact the Copyright Office before February 10th to voice their support for jailbreaking. If you want to do your part to keep jailbreaking alive, head over to the source and let the Copyright Office know why they should renew and expand the exemptions for jailbreaking.
The Solution – EFF is asking the U.S. Copyright Office to declare that jailbreaking does not violate the DMCA, and we need your help. In 2010, the Copyright Office said jailbreaking smartphones doesn’t violate the DMCA. This year, we’re asking them to renew that exemption (otherwise it will expire) and expand it to cover tablets. We’re also asking for a new exemption to allow jailbreaking of video game consoles.