US Copyright Office legalises iPhone 'jailbreaking'

Unlocked: US iPhone users can now run applications not sanctioned by Apple
Unlocked: US iPhone users can now run applications not sanctioned by Apple

IPhone owners in the US can now legally unlock their handsets, switch to other networks, and run applications not sanctioned by Apple, following new rules announced by the US Copyright Office yesterday.

The rules on unlocking phones, called "jailbreaking", will apply to all mobile handsets, but will have most of a knock-on effect on Apple, which operates a closed system with AT&T being its sole network provider in the US.

This legislation is part of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA), a measure intended to protect intellectual property online. The free speech advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation lobbied against the Act, arguing it gave too much protection to companies.

It said that more than a million iPhone owners have "jailbroken" their handsets in order to change network providers or use applications obtained from sources other than Apple's own iTunes App Store, with many more expressing a desire to do so.

Jennifer Grannick, the EFF’s civil liberties director said: "We are thrilled to have helped free jailbreakers, unlockers and vidders [fan-video makers] from this law's overbroad reach."

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